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Thread: Tiny C Compiler Is Still Around, But Not Quickly Moving

  1. #1
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    Jan 2007

    Default Tiny C Compiler Is Still Around, But Not Quickly Moving

    Phoronix: Tiny C Compiler Is Still Around, But Not Quickly Moving

    While the Tiny C Compiler may be quick at compiling code, the lightweight C compiler hasn't been too quick to advance with new releases and features...

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    Jan 2009


    Rob Landley has been thinking about branching off of the old tcc code and creating a new more flexible version called qcc. Which would reuse the TCG code generator from QEMU. Seems like a good idea possibly benefiting QEMU as well.

    For the time being though he is mainly working on toybox which is a BSD licensed busybox alike that focuses maintainabilty and fedelity to specs. It is also worth noting that Rob knows his stuff and his branch of tcc had 64bit support before the "official" one which was stuck rotting in ancient CVS at the time.
    Last edited by cb88; 11-15-2012 at 12:56 PM.

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    Feb 2008

    Default Tiny is tiny

    I suspect that "tiny" and "marvelous new features" are, to some extent, going to be mutually exclusive. You can't have a rapidly expanding feature set and still be tiny. Also, it's filling a niche need rather than the mainstream needs. It only makes sense that the project moves a bit slower.

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    Jul 2012


    Cute thing.

    It has small source code that is relatively understandable and manageable.

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    "C script supported : just add '#!/usr/local/bin/tcc -run' at the first line of your C source, and execute it directly from the command line."

    Nice hack. Enables one to use C as an pseudointerpreted language ;o)

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    Feb 2013

    Default 0.9.26 released

    Greetings everybody,

    it is my pleasure to finally announce the release of TinyCC 0.9.26. This
    release has been longer than previously to come along but it's finally here.
    This release would not have been possible without the contributions of many
    developpers and testers. Thank you:

    Akim Demaille
    Alexandre Becoulet
    Ali Gholami Rudi
    Andrew Mulbrook
    Ben Bacarisse
    Bernhard Reutner-Fischer
    Changming Xu
    Christian Jullien
    Claudio Bley
    Daniel Glöckner
    Detlef Riekenberg
    Domingo Alvarez Duarte
    Frederic Feret
    Gabriel Corneanu
    Henry Kroll III
    Hitoshi Mitake
    Jaroslav Kysela
    Joe Soroka
    Kirill Smelkov
    Luigi Rizzo
    Manuel Simoni
    Michael Matz
    Milutin Jovanovic
    Nicolas Limare
    Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos
    Ramsay Jones
    Romain Francoise
    Roy Tam
    Sam Watkins
    Sergei Trofimovich
    Sergey Vinokurov
    Shinichiro Hamaji
    Soloist Deng
    Thomas Preud'homme
    Timo VJ Lahde
    Urs Janßen
    Vincent Lefevre

    for improving tinycc and:

    Aharon Robbins
    Austin English
    Christian Jullien
    Didier Barvaux
    Domingo Alvarez Duarte
    Feng Nauh
    Jerry Reed
    Ramsay Jones
    Robert Clausecker
    Urs Janßen

    for your prompt and thorough testing. A special thanks as well for Grishka,
    who despite not doing the release, have constantly supervized the
    developpement of TinyCC by reviewing most of the commits that where done, by
    giving advices, and by all the commits he did himself.

    Most important changes since previous release are summarized below. For more
    details, please refer to the git log.

    *** Major changes since TinyCC 0.9.25 ***

    User interface:
    - -MD/-MF (automatically generate dependencies for make)
    - -pthread option (same as -D_REENTRANT -lpthread) (Henry Kroll III)
    - -m32/-m64 to re-exec cross compiler (Henry Kroll III)
    - -Wl, Mimic all GNU -option forms supported by ld (Kirill Smelkov)
    - new LIBTCCAPI tcc_set_options() (grischka)

    - Many improvements for x86-64 target (Shinichiro Hamaji, Michael Matz,
    - x86-64 assembler (Frederic Feret)
    - Many improvements for ARM target (Daniel Glöckner, Thomas Preud'homme)
    - Support WinCE PE ARM (Timo VJ Lahde)
    - Support ARM hardfloat calling convention (Thomas Preud'homme)
    - Support SELinux (Security-Enhanced Linux) (Henry Kroll III)
    - Support Debian GNU/kFreeBSD kernels (Pierre Chifflier)
    - Support GNU/Hurd kernels (Thomas Preud'homme)
    - Support OSX (tcc -run only) (Milutin Jovanovic)
    - Support multiarch configuration (Thomas Preud'homme)
    - Support out-of-tree build (Akim Demaille)

    - C99 variable length arrays (Thomas Preud'homme & Joe Soroka)
    - Asm labels for variables and functions (Thomas Preud'homme)
    - STT_GNU_IFUNC (Indirect functions as externals) (Thomas Preud'homme)
    - More tests (tests2) (Milutin Jovanovic)

    Best regards,

    Thomas Preud'homme

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