Re: gcc for palm (was: Re: Mailclient for PalmOS for multiple Mailboxes)
On Sat, 23 Sep 2000, Ben Darnell wrote:
> Kenneth Arnold wrote:
> > btw, has anybody tried compiling gcc/palm with gcc/palm? i.e., can you make
> > GCC run on PalmOS as well as compile for it?
> The Palm doesn't have anything vaguely resembling a standard set of Unix
> libraries, so you'd have to port (a subset of) libc to the Palm first.
> Next, you'd have to deal with the fact that Palm applications have to be
> segmented into 64k chunks; I don't know how easily this could be done
> for something the size of libc and gcc. Finally, the Palm doesn't have
> any sort of command shell and a very limited file system, so you'd have
> to write an interface to work around that. In other words, it's not
> worth the effort.
Of course, if you do not need the full range of capabilities that gcc
provides, and merely need some sort of programming language, there's
cBaspad, PocketC, several Forth variants, some Scheme compilers, etc
available for palm pilot that actually run on it.
Play with the big toys to write big programs, and the little toys on the
palmpilot to write little programs. :)
"Any technology, no matter how primitive, is magic to those
who don't understand it." -- Florence Ambrose -- Freefall