Clang - what is the story?

Chad Perrin perrin at
Sun Jan 22 19:43:10 UTC 2012

On Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 10:55:18PM +1000, Da Rock wrote:
> On 01/22/12 22:37, Chad Perrin wrote:
> >
> >PCC (Portable C Compiler), meanwhile, spent many years essentially unused
> >except in some of the dustier corners of Unix user communities before
> >being actively developed again as more and more people started wanting a
> >copyfree C compiler alternative to the very copyleft GCC.  PCC was a big
> >deal for a while, and I think most C compilers were based on it to some
> >extent in the early '80s, but its influenced waned enough that GCC
> >replaced it pretty much everywhere by about the same time DRA went away.
> According to wiki it was "the" compiler for unix- particularly bsd
> up to 4.4 (FreeBSD's parent prior to becoming opensource).

Yeah, that's pretty much the case.

> >
> >As things stand now, I don't think anyone is actively developing TenDRA
> >(and in fact I wonder if all the more recent work on it has been lost),
> According to wiki there was one person on the job and has grown to a
> "team" now- how many I don't know :)

As far as I'm aware, there was a "team" for a while, and a fork in the
effort, and now both forks have basically died (see my above
explanation).  After a glance at the Wikipedia article about TenDRA, I
think it was only referring to the pre-death period and not "now" for
when there is/was a "team".

> Well. Consider me enlightened... ;)

I'm glad I could help.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]

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