Subject: Compiling NetBSD with another compiler.
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From: Anders Magnusson <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 09/14/2007 16:36:30
Hm, I realized that there were more people interested in this compiler, 
so I'll send
a mail about it on these lists also.  I have setup a mailing list about 
pcc, join it by:
_echo "subscribe pcc-list" | Mail majordomo@ludd.ltu.se_
or similar.  There is also an embryo to a web page about pcc;
which contains some basic information.

I have (as some people may know) been hacking on pcc for fun for some 
After having that project on the shelf for a year or so, I decided to 
make the compiler
at least compile the NetBSD source tree again.

It is not yet bug-free, but it can compile the i386 userspace.  The big 
benefit of it
(apart from that it's BSD licensed, for license geeks :-) is that it is 
fast, 5-10 times
faster than gcc, while still producing reasonable code.  The only 
optimization added
so far is a multiple-register-class graph-coloring register allocator, 
which may be
one of the best register allocators today.  Conversion to SSA format is 
also implemented,
but not yet the phi function.  Not too difficult though, after that 
strength reduction is
high on the list.

It is also quite simple to port, writing the basics for i386 took three 
hours (hello world)
and complete port (pretty much as it is right now) two days.

I have added most of the C99 stuff (it is supposed to be a c99 compiler) 
but some stuff
is still missing, like the ability to do variable declarations anywhere 
(requires some
rewriting of the yacc code).

If someone wants to look at the compiler it can be fetched from, current version is 

Currently only the i386 port is "supported", but there are a bunch of 
included that probably wont compile.

-- Ragge