[TUHS] Zilog Z80 Unix

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Sun Apr 23 10:13:00 AEST 2017

On Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 07:07:13AM +1000, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Apr 2017, Clem Cole wrote:
> > Leor Zolman had a little firm her in NE called Brain Damaged Software 
> > (BDS) and he wrote and marketed a full C compiler called BDS C - 
> > http://www.bdsoft.com/resources/bdsc.html [ which is now freely 
> > available - including the sources]. ?? For years Leor's compiler was the 
> > de facto standard K&R style C compiler for the 8080/z80 systems for CP/M 
> > and such systems. ??[What was important, is that until Leor, the CP/M 
> > community was using something called "Small C" which was a sub-set of 
> > the language.?? Leor managed to get V7/K&R into a 8080].
> We must be talking about a different BDS C.
> I remember BDS C for all the wrong reasons; I can only repeat a remark 
> from Henry Spencer about another alleged C compiler: "To be called a C 
> compiler, it ought to at least be able to compile C."  My Z-80 C compiler 
> was Hi-Tech C, which was full ANSI.

I've never heard of Hi-Tech C but I am apparently more forgiving.  I spent
many happy hours using BDS C.  It wasn't exactly standard, the standard
I/O library was far from compat, but whatever, it was a C compiler on 
a CP/M system.  Pretty pleasant.

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