Sat, 4 Apr 1998 05:02:22 -0700
On Fri, Apr 03, 1998 at 12:30:22PM -0500, W. Wesley Groleau x4923 wrote:
Which Motorola chip? If 680x0, it shouldn't be hard to make a cross-compiler
for PalmOS from some other GNAT 680x0 cross.
It's their so-called "Dragonball" CPU. I think it's designation is something
like MC68342 or the like.
I asked this very question on gnat-chat a couple of months ago. After some
discussion, the following points emerged:
- Yes, such a port was feasible. All it would take is time, patience, and a
modicum of experience making GNAT or at least GCC cross-compilers. Since
GCC already targets a very similar variant of the CPU (the 68320,
perhaps?) little if any changes to the code generator would be required.
- Ada tasking wouldn't be supported, but that was deemed not to be a problem,
since PalmOS provides all the application switching and background
execution support one would need.
- In order for the port to be useful, one would need to develop a binding for
the PalmOS API. Not a trivial task, but not rocket science, either.
I keep hoping some enterprising soul will come along and just do it, so I
don't have to. <grin> But if no one has by the time I get around to it (don't
hold your breath) then I'll tackle it myself.