S12Z update

John Darrington john@darrington.wattle.id.au
Sat Jan 27 16:09:00 GMT 2018

On Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 09:48:09AM +0100, John Darrington wrote:
     I'm progressing with this task ...  however,  my original idea was that
     the S12Z should be an optional target under the general configuration of
     m68hc11.   That is to say, binutils would need to be built using 
      ./configure --target=mc68hc11
     and then at run time use a command like:
      as -mm9s12z foo.s
     I suppose the reasons for deciding that was that this is how the S12X
     has been done.
     However, I'm having more and more misgivings about this.  The S12X and S12Z
     have quite different instruction sets.  So far as I'm aware, code for one of 
     those processors cannot be run on the other.   Having the two (actually five - 
     that target already includes m68hc11, m68hc12, m9s12x and m9s12xg) instruction
     sets generated by the same binary means that extra run time conditions must
     be included, which of course will slow the assembler.  It also introduces the
     risk of introducing bugs which might break the other existing targets.
     So I'm now thinking that a better option will be to target this as a completely
     new configuration option, eg:
      ./configure --target=s12z
     Is there any existing policy or precident in binutils for such decisions?

I've heard no opinions for either case, so I'll do whatever I find easier to implement
and seems to make sense to me !


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