[cc65] cc65 Millenium Edition

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From: Ullrich von Bassewitz (uz_at_musoftware.de)
Date: 1999-12-19 11:25:30

I'm planning to start into the new millenium with a brand new cc65 release

			  cc65 Millenium Edition :-)

The new version is going to be released late this year or early next year. New
features include:

  * Fixed several bugs (see http://www.von-bassewitz.de/uz/cc65/bugs.html)

  * Some support for register variables.

  * Better code in some places.

And finally:

  * A port to the Apple 2.

The Apple ][ port was done by Kevin Ruland (kevin_at_rodin.wustl.edu). He ported
not only the basic runtime stuff, but also the complete conio library and the
debugger module, which places the port on par with the CBM ports. He is
planning to add disk support soon, so this is going to get even more exciting!
With file support, it would be the first port that does not lack any important
standard C features.

Issues that are currently open:

  * Last line in debugger screen gets lost here and then. This is a minor
    issue and easily fixed.

  * I have heard about a problem with code generation introduced by an
    optimization in the compiler (expressions with labels are handled as
    constants in many more cases). I know that there may be a problem, but
    I don't have any code showing it, so I'm currently not able to fix it.

I have changed the script that produces the daily snapshots so that the
correct CVS branch of the compiler will be put onto the FTP server. So, if you
have a Unix box, get the snapshot and give it a try. I would be happy to get
as much feedback as possible before officially releasing the new version.

You may also access the source repository directly using readonly CVS:

    	protocol:	pserver
    	login:	   	guest
    	password:  	guest
    	host:	   	trixie.musoftware.de
    	repository:	/disk2/cvspub
    	branch:	   	OLDBRANCH

So you would do a

    cvs -d :pserver:guest_at_trixie.musoftware.de:/disk2/cvspub login

and then

    cvs -d :pserver:guest_at_trixie.musoftware.de:/disk2/cvspub checkout -r OLDBRANCH cc65

Adding "-z 9" for compression may also be a good idea.

NOTE: This is not very well tested, so if you have problems, please contact me
by mail.

A merry christmas and a happy new year to you all!



Ullrich von Bassewitz                                  uz_at_musoftware.de
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