Clang - what is the story?

Da Rock freebsd-questions at
Sun Jan 22 15:17:46 UTC 2012

On 01/23/12 00:38, Robert Bonomi wrote:
> Da Rock<freebsd-questions at>  wrote:
>> I personally had no idea this was going on; my impression was gcc grew
>> out of the original compiler that built unix, and the only choices were
>> borland and gcc. The former for win32 crap and the latter for, well,
>> everything else.
> "Once upon a time", there were _many_ alternatives for C compilers.
> Commercial -- i.e. 'you pay for it', or bundled with a pay O/S  -- offerings
> included (this is a _partial_ list, ones _I_ have personal knowledge of):
>    PCC  -- (the original one0 medium-lousy code but the code-generator was
>             easily adapted to new/diferent hardwre
>    Green Hills Softwaware  (used by a number of unix hardare manufacturers)
>    Sun Microsystems developed their own ("acc")
>    Silicon Graphics, Inc
>    Hewlett-Packard
>    Symantic   (Think C -- notable for high-performance on early Apple Mac's,
> 	      significantly better than Apple's own MPW)
>    Manx Software   ("Aztec C" -- a 'best of breed' for MS-DOS)
>    Microsoft
>    Intel
>    CCS
>    Watcom
>    Borland
>    Zortech
>    Greenleaf Software
>    Ellis Computing (specializing in 'budget' compilers, circa $30 pricetags)
>    "Small C"
>    tcc -- the 'tiny C compiler
Wow... I have some research to do...

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