[TUHS] Looking for final C compiler by Dennis Ritchie

Dibyendu Majumdar mobile at majumdar.org.uk
Tue Jul 24 05:29:22 AEST 2018

On 23 July 2018 at 16:12, Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Jul 22, 2018 at 4:49 PM, Dibyendu Majumdar <mobile at majumdar.org.uk
> > wrote:
>> It seems that Dennis Ritchie wrote a paper 'A Tour through the Unix C
>> Compiler' which is quite useful in understanding the compiler. I have
>> converted the doc to Markdown format as well which makes it easier to
>> read.
> https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/belllabs-microsite-plan9/7thEdMan/
> bswv7.html
> ​You might try downloading the PDF or PS versions of the V7 documents from
> amazon.   It seems like a lot less work work and will be a lot easier to
> read.   Also Gnu groff runs on pretty much everything these days, so going
> from the V7 troff sources yourself is not difficult; in fact its pretty
> smart.   Its still the best 'pure document compiler' out there.  And it
> means you can add your additions/ corrections / notes to what Dennis did
> right inline.

Hi - thank you for the links. I am not familiar with troff; I amanged to
convert to Markdown from a text version.
Here it is:


Thanks and Regards
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