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From: Noam Tamim (noamtm_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-05-04 17:48:41


First of all - knowledge of the specific compiler is not needed. My question
is generic - how to create a new toolset adapter, or generator?

Now - hcac (full name: High C/C++ Compiler, by ARC) is a cross-compiler. It
runs on Win32/Linux, but targets the ARC processor - which is used in
embedded systems (real embedded, not WinCE and the like. I'm talking
smartcard-level embedded). It is not used by many people, which is why I
assumed nobody has created a generator for it.

I guess I can just take the msvc or gcc generators and change them. Do I
have to do anything besides creating a copy of (for example) tools/gcc.jam
file? Anywhere else to register the new toolset?


On 5/5/06, Mark Evans <evans_mark_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Hi Noam,
> I'm not familiar with hcac --- is it a native compiler? What platform
> does is run on?
> How hard is it to support a new toolset?
> I have been nibbling away at writing a cross-development toolset for HP
> NonStop (NSK) and am close to having a releasable toolset. The learning
> curve was pretty steep because I had to get down-and-dirty with writing
> custom generators and rendering some non-standard features peculiar to NSK.
> I had to mine a lot of information by inspecting existing toolkits and the
> bjam infrastructure jam code. There is a chapter in the BB2 User Manual
> about writing extentions. It's a good start but could easily be turned into
> a book if someone had the time. The biggest complaint I've had is not
> having the ability to search the discussion archives. There's a lot of
> information in the archives but it's hard to get to, unless I overlooked
> something at the archive website which is entirely possible.
> I don't know how hard it will be for you to write your toolset module.
> You should download BB2 and examine the existing tooksets and pick the one
> that is closest to your compiler and use that as the basis for writing a
> new module. It might be fairly easy or it might turn into a few man-months
> of effort. Are you familiar with the Jam/MR language? It is fairly simple
> but takes some getting used to. Acquiring an understanding of the bjam
> infrastructure built around the jam kernel is a daunting task. You don't
> have to be an expert on the bjam internals to write a bjam toolset, but the
> more you know the better. Getting to know the toolset facilities is the
> main challenge. For many toolset tools, the code is the documentation.
> The principal developers of BB2 have been extremely helpful in answering
> questions and defogging the way for me. Kudos!
> For my shop, the payoff of reduced build-script complexity and better
> handling of complex build trees will justify the investment. We are already
> seeing dividends.
> Cheers,
> Mark
> *Noam Tamim <noamtm_at_[hidden]>* wrote:
> Hi,
> I have to build C/C++ using a toolset that isn't supported by
> the ARC High C/C++ Compiler (hcac).
> 1. Has anyone ever extended to support hcac?
> 2. (assuming reply(1)==false) How hard is it to support a new toolset? How
> should I do it? Is there a HOWTO/tutorial on that matter?
> Thanks,
> Noam.
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