Re: PowerPC (output) C Compiler on W95

"Mike Dimmick" <>
4 Apr 2001 00:14:37 -0400

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From: "Mike Dimmick" <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 4 Apr 2001 00:14:37 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 01-03-188
Keywords: C
Posted-Date: 04 Apr 2001 00:14:37 EDT

"Larry" <> wrote in message

> Does anyone know of a C compiler that will generate code for a
> PowerPC but runs on a Windows platform? I know IBM and Motorola both
> sell such things but at a very high price. I'm looking to learn
> PowerPC assembly and am thinking I could get some good ideas by
> looking at the code generated by a C compiler. I don't have a Mac
> yet. If I can find the source for a PowerPC C compiler it is
> reasonable to expect to compile this on a W95 machine and run it?
> Thanks for any info.

Your best bet for this purpose is probably to obtain GCC
( source code and configure it as a cross-compiler
for the PowerPC platform. It only supports compilation for the
PowerPC Linux platform, but since you're intending to learn assembly,
this shouldn't be a problem.

Obtaining the appropriate assembler may prove trickier. I'm not sure if GCC
will compile correctly without access to a PowerPC assembler, but that may
be something you have to discover for yourself.

There's a FAQ about building a GCC cross-compiler at

I seem to recall that there was once a release of Windows NT for PowerPC
Common Hardware Reference Platform (you know, the platforms that never got
built ;) so Microsoft may still be able to provide a set of compilation
tools to plug into Visual C++, if you already have that. I couldn't even
begin to guess at a cost, though. Alternatively, I believe there's still a
PowerMac cross-development edition - it seems intuitively obvious that there
should be, given that Microsoft produces Macintosh applications with a fair
degree of common source code with their Windows cousins...

Hope this helps,

Mike Dimmick

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