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Smaller C compiler (Announce)

posted by alexfru(R), USA, 17.05.2017, 08:33

> > news://comp.os.msdos.programmer on Wed 07 Sep 2016
> >
> > I don't remember if my compiler's output assembles with
> > jump optimization disabled. It might not. I know that
> > old versions of NASM used not to assemble it because by
> > default NASM would not extend conditional jumps beyond
> > the short -128/+127 range.
> Yes, if "cpu 8086" is used, even with -O0, it will still workaround this
> architectural limit with two jumps behind the scenes.
> But does your compiler need 8086? I thought it was 386+ only? You don't
> have such range limits in 386 jumps.

It is 386+ only. But *old* NASM wouldn't assemble the compiler output.

> So I have no idea if you can speed up your tests by "set NASMENV=-O0" or
> not. Try it and see. At least one of my simple programs still compiled and
> ran okay with -O0.

It helps a tiny bit.

Compiling main compiler file for Windows under Windows:

Using NASM (the default; no NASMENV):
smlrcc -c smlrc.c
8 seconds

Using NASM (the default; NASMENV=-O0):
smlrcc -c smlrc.c
5 seconds

Using YASM:
smlrcc -c smlrc.c -asm yasm
1 second

Using FASM + n2f:
smlrcc -c smlrc.c -asm n2f
1 second

The difference between assemblers is huge as you can see.


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