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Re: [epsilon-devel] Mes 0.8 released

From: Neil Jerram
Subject: Re: [epsilon-devel] Mes 0.8 released
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:34:43 +0100

Hi Jan,

Thanks for your answer. I'm afraid I have no better ideas than the ones that 
you have listed - and in fact I wouldn’t have known about those ones either. I 
was just curious about what the next step would be.

It certainly seems to me like an interesting and worthwhile project. 

Best wishes - Neil 

  Original Message  
From: Jan Nieuwenhuizen
Sent: Monday, 26 June 2017 11:22
To: Neil Jerram
Cc: address@hidden; address@hidden; address@hidden
Subject: Re: Mes 0.8 released

Neil Jerram writes:

Hi Neil!

> In your bootstrap path, what is the step after Mes?‎ I guess it would
> be using mescc to compile some C program - but if that is right, which
> program? 

Indeed. Short answer: I don't know. Do you have something in mind?

We haven't decided yet and are still exploring possibilities. We are
looking for the target that requires the least amount of work to get us
close the bootstrap path to gcc.

The most obvious candidate to compile with mescc is tinycc. rain1 has
worked with the tinycc and succeeded in compiling GCC 4.7.0 using

However, tinycc uses C constructs that mescc does not support [yet] and
libc functions that mescc's libc does not have.

So we are also considering other candidates such as 8cc, pcc, the ack,
cc500, gcc-2.95 (what about earlier gcc's?).

Another possible first target for Mescc could be libguile/eval.c ;-) and
develop a fork/sister of mescc as guilecc.


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