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From: Anthony Martin <>
To: Robert Clausecker <>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Plan 9 assembly syntax design history?
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2020 13:49:27 -0800
Message-ID: <20201103214927.GA1091@alice> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Robert Clausecker <> once said:
> While I am aware of Rob's talk [1] on the basic design ideas
> and have read both the Plan 9 [2] and Go [3] assembler
> manuals, many aspects of the design (such as the strange way
> to specify static data) are unclear and seem poorly
> documented.
> [...]
> [1]:
> [2]:
> [3]:

Note that the Plan 9 compilers do not actually generate
machine code. They build an intermediate abstract object
code that the linkers then translate into machine code.

The syntax used by the assemblers is essentially a textual
representation of that intermediate code. If you want to
understand the design and it's idiosyncrasies, focus on the


      reply	other threads:[~2020-11-03 22:00 UTC|newest]

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2020-11-02 21:32 Robert Clausecker
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