Mail Archives: djgpp/1997/03/01/23:25:51

From: "John M. Aldrich" <fighteer AT cs DOT com>
Newsgroups: comp.os.msdos.djgpp
Subject: Re: 16 bit programming
Date: Sat, 01 Mar 1997 22:19:36 -0800
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Guest Users wrote:
> I know it sound archaic, but I _need_ to write a 16-bit 8086-compatible
> program.  Can djgpp do this?  If not, is there any port of gcc available
> that can?

The question of creating an 8086-targeted gcc has been discussed many,
many times on this newsgroup.  The general consensus is that because
such targeting would essentially require a completely new set of machine
description files, plus substantial modifications to the code generation
itself, it's not worth it.  If you want to undertake such a project,
feel free.

There are supposedly a number of gcc clones out there that _can_ produce
16-bit code; however, their reliability varies.

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