[TUHS] Early Unix function calls: expensive?

Ronald Natalie ron at ronnatalie.com
Wed Jan 6 03:46:05 AEST 2016

No, to my knowledge NO compiler I ever came across (I worked on the dark side DOS BATCH, RT-11, RSX-11, and RSTS-11 in various languages though primarily MACRO-11 and FORTRAN) ever used this linkage.    Certainly, none of the UNIX products did.   It was goofy.    We played around with it and it just didn’t do anything you couldn’t do better with JSR/RET and some clever stack manipulation with MOV instructions.

> On Jan 5, 2016, at 12:43 PM, Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 12:28 PM, Ronald Natalie <ron at ronnatalie.com <mailto:ron at ronnatalie.com>> wrote:
> I remember going to the T11 (PDP-11 on a single chip) announcement and having them say the complete instruction set was supported with the exception of MARK.
> ​right... which is why I don't think FTN use it, or the HW folks would have been forced to put it in.
> Clem​

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