is there any word processing software for the pdp11?

Roe Peterson roeapeterson at
Tue Dec 2 13:03:56 CST 2014

> On Dec 2, 2014, at 11:08 AM, Jon Elson <elson at> wrote:
>  still discovering new ways that
> C code that looks perfectly correct can screw up horribly.  Last one was
> yesterday.
> Boiling it down, we had :
> long long int A;
> int B;
> A = B << 32;
> This means that some field of B gets shifted to the right by 32 bits, and
> fit into the upper 32-bits of A.
> Now, any decent compiler should either extend B to the length of A, or
> as the C rules specify, NOT extend B, and therefor ought to warn you
> that it is losing significant bits.  No warning, no extending the variable
> before shifting the bits off the end of the word.  So, A always gets
> a zero!  UGH!  Stupid!  I could almost write a book of these sorts
> of gotchas.

Hmm.  What C compiler did this, on what distro?  I'm pretty sure that this throws a compiler warning in gcc with -Wall...

> Jon

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