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posted by Rugxulo(R) Homepage, Usono, 15.06.2016, 01:00

> > I mention this only because they mention fuzz testing with tools like
> > Csmith, C-Reduce, Opt-fuzz, etc.
> >
> > So maybe those tools could help you, too?
> I know most of the issues and I do have a bunch of tests ...
> So, either nobody's using the project,

Sadly, some people have no imagination, certainly regarding DOS.

> or there aren't that many problems in it if people aren't reporting them.

Right, I didn't see any obvious errors. But my usage was far from expert anyways. Still, I've seen much worse compilers.

> So, it looks like I should be OK w.r.t. bugs.

Yes, I think you've already ironed out most obvious bugs. I just felt like mentioning it in the off chance that it would help iron out some more hidden cases (since no software is ever totally bug-free).

> What I really (still!) need is a preprocessor. I like a lot the one from
> Plan9/LCC because it's complete, proven, small and even compiles as-is (the
> LCC variant) with Smaller C. I do not like its license, however. Others are
> either big or bad (rather incomplete, buggy, using functions that aren't in
> the C standard).

Isn't ancient GCC 2.7's CPP fairly small? I imagine that would be (relatively) easy to port.

As for Plan9 license, what is wrong with it? AFAIK, it has changed several times, so it should be okay. Heck, I think they even dual-licensed to GPL recently.

Wikipedia says this:

> Starting with the release of Fourth edition on April 2002,
> the full source code of Plan 9 from Bell Labs was freely
> available under Lucent Public License 1.02, which is considered
> to be open source license by the Open Source Initiative (OSI),
> free software license by the Free Software Foundation, and it
> passes the Debian Free Software Guidelines.
> In February 2014, the University of California, Berkeley, has
> been authorized by the current Plan 9 copyright holder ?
> Alcatel-Lucent ? to release all Plan 9 software previously
> governed by the Lucent Public License, Version 1.02 under the
> GNU General Public License, Version 2.

You mention Plan9/LCC, but isn't LCC different? Plan9 has its own compiler. Though LCC does allegedly use dmr's CPP (or so I thought). Yeah, LCC license sucks.

I would even suggest (T)ACK, but I don't see a separate CPP binary there.
But it's BSD-ish and relatively simple. Maybe (BSD-ish) PCC? Theirs seems fairly small. Or even BCC/Dev86? Meh, dunno.


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