Fwd: is there any word processing software for the pdp11?

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Thu Dec 4 21:22:18 CST 2014

On 04/12/14 7:06 PM, Peter Corlett wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 02, 2014 at 07:26:09PM +0100, Johnny Billquist wrote:
> [...]
>> Pick and choose. Why not C? Although the code generated by the PDP-11 C isn't
>> the best I've seen. FORTRAN-77? BASIC+2? The list goes on...  Personally I
>> might have done it in MACRO-11 as well. :-)
> The PDP-11 ISA is sane enough that one could create a LLVM backend and
> cross-compile to it using any of the LLVM-supported languages.  It'd be quite

Does LLVM actually scale down that far in practice? I know, from having 
done most of a PDP-11 back-end, that *lcc*, "a retargetable C compiler," 
doesn't, really, without modification.

> perverse to run C++14 code on it, but the code would likely be smaller and
> faster than anything generated by a native compiler.
> Bonus points for running Java on it :)

That isn't possible, the machine is far too small. Heck, this thread 
began with grave doubts that it can even run TeX.


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