[fpc-devel] Re: System 370: Episode 3. Addressing and it's limits Part One!

steve smithers stevie at collector.org
Sat Feb 11 17:46:35 CET 2012

> Mark Morgan Lloyd wrote on Fri, 10 Feb 2012 21:37:52 +0000

> I'm a bit worried that gas might not support all the arithmetic 
> operations that appear to be required by your examples, but at the same 
> time I still feel that Linux is the best initial target. Has anybody 
> ported a fully-featured IBM macro assembler to Linux?

To take your points in reverse order:

Tachyon produce a free HLA compatible assembler.  IBM produce one that
may or may not be free.  There may be others too.

Yes.  I agree, Linux/390 would seem a logical first step.

Gas is brain-dead, I wouldn't use it.  It WON'T work for my examples as
it supports, as far I know, neither USING nor MACROs, let alone the
doubts you have.

Finally, my examples are just that, examples.  It is not a specification
for a final product, it is a wild theory based on zero knowlege of the
internals of the compiler.  I can come up with a few others if you
don't like that one.  In fact, episode 6 may just do that, but it will
be a while before it appears.

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