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[open-cobol-list] open-cobol on ppc64

From: Keisuke Nishida
Subject: [open-cobol-list] open-cobol on ppc64
Date: Thu Apr 14 11:22:29 2005
User-agent: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0 (Windows/20041206)


Some guys have ported open-cobol to linux on 64-bit powerpc,
and I have integrated their patches into CVS.

The point was the following:

1. You need the gcc option `-fsigned-char'.
2. You need the gcc option `-fPIC'.
3. Compound literals like "... = (struct frame) {%d, &&%s%d};"
   should be avoided due to gcc bug.
4. The test suite should work correctly on big-endian machines.

At this point, all tests in the tests/ subdirectory and those
in tests/cobol85/ pass without any regression.

It would be better, however, if we could also do the following:

1. Rewrite "char" into "int8_t", "unsigned char" into "uint8_t", etc.
2. Make full use of 64-bit computation for arithmetic.
   (Is this done already?  I'm not sure.)

These are todo at this moment.


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