[fpc-pascal] Re: 2.6.0 for Solaris?

Mark Morgan Lloyd markMLl.fpc-pascal at telemetry.co.uk
Thu May 10 19:14:45 CEST 2012

microcode at zoho.com wrote:
> On Thu, 10 May 2012 14:07:47 +0200 (CEST) "Tomas Hajny" wrote:
>> On Thu, May 10, 2012 13:22, microcode wrote:
>>> Sun makes awfully nice boxes and Solaris is a very nice development
>>> platform. I hope the guys will keep FPC going on Solaris. There are
>>> many Solaris 10 on Sun fans.
>> FPC support of individual platforms depends on availability of volunteers
>> interested and capable of supporting these platforms. FPC can target
>> really many platforms nowadays, but this increasing number cannot be
>> supported with constant number of developers. Someone from the Sun fans
>> has to step in, otherwise the support cannot be guaranteed in the long
>> term. 
> Yeah, that's obvious. I'm sure anybody who was capable would help. All I
> can offer at this point is development systems but that doesn't seem to be
> the problem. How much platform dependent code is there? I would think if
> the main product works on i386 or AMD64 for example then there isn't much
> to do except build on the other targets? 
> Is it a matter of not having developers for the specific platform or not
> having anybody to build it for a specific platform?

You might find the fpc-devel mailing list interesting, although I think 
that everybody would admit that there is a shortage of documentation for 
the entrails of the compiler.

You might also find looking at the fpcsrc/compiler and fpcsrc/rtl trees 
in the source interesting, noting in particular the way that the latter 
at least /attempts/ to separate OS- and CPU-specific code.

Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk

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