Re: 68000 to C ???? (Eivind Eklund)
24 Jan 1996 10:31:51 -0500

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From: (Eivind Eklund)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 24 Jan 1996 10:31:51 -0500
Organization: Funcom Productions.
References: 96-01-062
Keywords: 68000, disassemble (SSmith4257) writes:

>I am looking for any information about any 68000 to C conversion

I have seen an advertisement for such a beast, yes. This was in
``Programmers Market'' in a back issue of C/C++ Users Journal,
sometime in 1994 (July?). I am presently unable to find the issue,
and thus also unable to find the exact reference - sorry about that.
I'll try to dig it up and post it later.

The program translated 68k code to C, but in a fashion where it still
was on an instruction-by-instruction basis; it would compile from C,
but it would be difficult code to work with if you were going to do
further modifications. It was presented as a way to do easy direct
translation, which it indeed seemed to be. If you are going to keep
working on the code, I would suggest replacing routine by routine, and
not try to modify the dis-assembled code (which this in reality was),

>[This question comes up from time to time asking about x86 to C
>decompilers. Don't hold your breath, useful decompilation is extremely
>difficult. -John]

Proved you wrong ;-)
Eivind Eklund
[Hey, I said useful. The '86 decompiler I've seen is really just a
disassembler that dresses up its output in C syntax. This sounds like the
same idea. Disassemblers can be useful, but I don't see much point in
disguising their output as C code. -John]


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