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posted by Rugxulo(R) Homepage E-mail, USA, 18.02.2012, 17:54

> > Apparently nobody was ever interested in a truly free 16-bit linker.
> Since
> > then they would have written one.

It's a big world, so unless there is a big organization or movement (and not just random hackers like us), nothing big will get done, or at least if it does, nobody will know about it (less publicized, hidden away, disappears). This is how it is with "niche" software.

And now I remember that DJ Delorie had started work on a 16-bit linker many years ago (1997?). Of course, it's written in C++, presumably for DJGPP. For laughs, I compiled it again a few years ago (DJGPP 2.03p2, G++ 2.95.3) but really never used it as it was quite incomplete ("alpha" quality).

Anyways, I just now tried it. It must not like that damn REGINT (70h) record because that borks it, but with HACKOMF, it actually works! I'm surprised. Granted, I wouldn't be surprised if more bugs show up. He never finished it, and I'd be almost scared to use it. But at least in this wimpy case, it seems to work.

EDIT: More boring trivia. I tried ALINK (EMX/RSX compile) yesterday, doesn't work, dumps core (file).

 

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