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RE: porting to 18 bit architecture

I thought I replied earlier but I didn't see it on the list...

It has been done before, for the PDP-10.  See


> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
> [] On Behalf Of Nick Clifton
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 7:53 AM
> To: Lars Poeschel
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: porting to 18 bit architecture
> Hi Lars,
> > The general question now: Is it possible to port binutils 
> to a machine thats 
> > word length can not be divided by 8 or could we ran into 
> trouble somewhere ?
> Yes it is possible, but yes you will also run into trouble 
> somewhere.  I say 
> that because as far as I know this would be the first time 
> that an attempt has 
> been made to port the binutils to an 18-bit address space 
> machine and so you 
> are likely to run across "powers-of-two" assumptions 
> somewhere in the code. 
> This does not mean that the port cannot be done, and in fact 
> it would be good 
> to locate and remove such erroneous assumptions.  It is just 
> that you will need 
> to be extra careful when you are coding.
> Cheers
>    Nick

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