Re: [stella] z26 linux port snapshot

Subject: Re: [stella] z26 linux port snapshot
From: rufbo1@xxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 16:26:19 +0000
> I was considering translating it to PPC asm (or portable C)
> manually, but the size of the file and the number of macros makes it a
> fairly imposing task, unfortunately.

Now hopefully you'll forgive my presumptuousness, but has anyone given portable C a shot to see how difficult it'd be?  Just curious.

What kinds of issues would you have?  I've got that naive view that "C is C" if you get it simple enough, and I imagine the asm in z26 isn't doing anything horribly platform or OS specific (past the fact that it is, by defn, as platform specific as it gets, being assembly code).  I can understand different assemblers might have slightly different syntax (even saw a few changes swapping from RAsm to DAsm way back when hacking on a few 2600 demos), but [relatively ANSI] C?  That seems strange.  (Again, IANACC or C-Hacker or whatever's the preferred nomenclature, Dude.)

> (BTW: Linux on PPC is a lot more than just YDL.)

... as someone on this list has shown me several times, trying to get me to emerge from Gentoo on my iBook.  Sheesh, please, the pain!  ;^)

I was trying to think of today's "Kleenex" equiv for Linux on PPC, which used to be LinuxPPC.  Then I caught myself and went with the less self-dating YDL.  If anyone runs z26 on PPC using Gentoo (I realize YDL & Gentoo are hardly the only two either), you'll know z26's "made it" in ways that nature never intended!

Thanks for the reply,

Ruffin Bailey
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