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Re: VIM Q again

On Monday 02 June 2008, Cameron Simpson wrote:
>On 02Jun2008 00:57, Gene Heskett <gene heskett verizon net> wrote:
>| On Sunday 01 June 2008, Cameron Simpson wrote:
>| >And it seems I typed "L1BAE" and you typed "L1A8E". Sorry, that will
>| >have wasted your time. Corrected in the examples below.
>| Mochs Nichs, it worked, and about 450-500 bytes of junk code has now been
>| removed from a 6k relocatable object.  The original coder from 25 years
>| ago was either fighting with a broken assembler, or somehow used the z-80
>| as a model for 6809 code, there was z-80 coding style trash all over it,
>Hey, I _liked_ the Z80! How many other machines have an LDIR
>instruction? Admittedly, the Z80 implemented that rather tackily
>What constitues "z-80 coding style trash", btw?
Jump tables scattered around in your code, taking up valuable space cuz the 
darned thing doesn't have a conditional long branch ability, just for starters.
Restricting your conditional branches to about 126 bytes either way from the 
current pc makes for in-elegant, messy code.  If where you want to go with a 
conditional is 40k away, you have to hide the long branch on that same page 
someplace.  Smart assemblers & linkers might be able to hide that from the 
coder I suppose, but when I was carving z-80 code in 1981-2, it was with a hex 
monitor only.  Nobody was giving away assemblers back then.  Oh, and it doesn't 
do pcr addressing either. Once I got used to that, I don't think I could ever 
go back to totally fixed addressing.  There be dragons.

>| and strings of
>| code 10 to 40 bytes long that had an rts or a bra to someplace else above
>| them with no label, meaning it will never be executed, so why is it there?
>Leakage? How smart is this disassembler? Are there any jump tables?

Were, I just took them all out cuz this cpu can do conditional long branches and 
subroutine calls & returns.

>Maybe it's "I'm changing the way I'm doing this but want the old code
>handy for later just in case". Even today I have a bit of python code
>I'm hacking on that has a bit of this:
>  if True:
>    do things the cool new way
>  else:
>    the old clunkiness, kept around because I wanted to remember how it
>    was done
>Hard to say how much hard-to-remember stuff can be packed into 10 bytes
>of machine code though...

Sometimes a lot, particularly if its a 6x09.

>| I can
>| only guess 25 years after the fact.
>| Having programed in assembly or even just a hex monitor on the RCA-1802,
>| the z-80, and the motorola 6809 which hitachi turned into a much smarter
>| 6309, the 1802 is ok but different, the 6809's are 1.5 star genius's, the
>| 6309 is a 2 star, and z-80 I can only describe as drain bamaged.
>I didn't do a lot of 6809 and have never used a 6309.

They will spoil you, guaranteed.

>| >I see someone else has suggested:
>| >  :g/L1A8E/s//isspace/g
>| >
>| >which in this case is semanticly equivalent but internally different.
>| And that syntax is what I used for the last 4 hours.  I'm not done by a
>| long shot, but this sure helps.  If I can get it to build and run exactly
>| as before, but without all this guys trash, a printout will be a lot more
>| useful in terms of deciphering what its doing.
>You may want to turn this into a sed script then, if the label names are
>reliable (I guess from the same disassembly run they will be). On the
>other hand I don't see that a sed script will be any better than just
>progressively editing your listing anyway, as I presume you are doing.

Correct, as I figure out what its doing.  Its a fairly complex program in that 
it can analyze the file structure of a disk to see what bits in the disks 
allocation map should be set to indicate that cluster of sectors is occupied, 
and spit out any warnings or errors, such as file but not mapped and mapped but 
no file accounts for that particular bit in the map.  The problems with it have 
reared their head because it apparently does not properly honor the value read 
from the disks LSN0 containing the data integer DD.BIT, which we are required 
to raise in powers of 2 once the total disk size exceeds 131 megabytes.  So we 
need to fix it as some of the users of this machine are now running 
multi-gigabyte drives.  I have half of a 1GB set for this os, and the other 500 
megs is used by a virtual drive setup, so I can effectively have 255 35 track 
single sided disks with basic programs on them instantly available.

Yes, in some locales, the TRS-80 Color Computer 3 still lives.  It runs a 
mini-unix called OS-9, multi-user/multi-tasking.  But that I expect is a bit OT 
for this list. :)

Thanks again Cameron, I appreciate the help.  Too bad the man pages for vim have 
been gutted.  Next time I get near Borders I'll check and see if Tim has a book 
on vim.

Cheers, Gene
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