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C386 for MINIX-386 (and Linux)

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The C386 compiler can be used on Minix-386 as an alternative to the supplied ACK compiler. If you want to know more about Minix, then please refer to the Minix home page. On Linux systems it can be used as a replacement for the GNU C compiler. While not quite as good as GNU C it requires considerably less resources to run. If you want to more about Linux, the please refer to the Linux home page.

We have not recently done an exhaustive test of the C386 variant of the compiler. Therefore although we do not know of any problems, we advise you to initially use it with caution.

If you want the latest version of the C386 compiler, then we suggest that you download the Compiler source files and build yourself a version. You can build C386 using the ACK C compiler that comes with MINIX, or the GNU C compiler that comes with Linux.

N.B. We do not provide a set of software floating point routines for use with MINIX-386. Therefore you must either have hardware floating point or software floating point support built in at the operating system level if you want to use C386 to generate and run programs that use floating point code.

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