[TUHS] Memory management in Dennis Ritchie's C Compiler

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Thu Aug 27 02:09:06 AEST 2020

On Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 9:59 AM Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu>

>     > From: John Cowan
>     > That's always true on the PDP-11 and Vax ... because the processor
>     > architecture (which has pre-increment and post-decrement
> instructions,
>     > but not their counterparts)
> After Doug's message, I carefull re-read this, and I'm not sure it's
> correct?
> The PDP-11 has pre-decrement and post-increment, not the other way around
> (as
> above) - unless I'm misunderstanding what you meant by those terms?
> That's why:
>         *p++ = 0;
> turns (if p is in R2) into
>         CLR     (R2)+
> R2 is used, and then incremented after it has been used.

This quirk of the PDP-11 is why I still prefer post-increment and
pre-decrement in my code... even though there's no chance in hades that my
code will ever run there...

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