[fpc-devel]Linux/PPC port of FPC working

Jonas Maebe jonas at zeus.ugent.be
Sun May 25 14:23:07 CEST 2003


I'm very happy I can announce that for the first time, yesterday a 
"make cycle" worked under Linux/PPC! This means that compiler was able 
to compile the RTL and itself, then recompile the RTL and itself using 
the compiler created in the previous step and then repeat this process 
once more (and the two last compiler binaries are equal). This means 
that the code generator can be considered fairly stable (since the 
compiler is 120000+ lines of code and the RTL is also quite big (I 
don't know how big though).

There's still quite a bit to clean up though, and the speed of the 
generated code is far from optimal as well (if you thought gcc 
generated bad code for the PowerPC, forget it, there's a new kid in 
town :) I'm not sure what the next steps will be exactly. I'll 
definitely look into making parts of the optimizer platform independent 
(just like we did with the code generator) and a Darwin/Mac port is 
also in the works.

Happy weekend everyone! :)


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