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UNPROTOtize is an alternate C preprocessor which enables non-ansi C compilers to compile ANSI C code. C source code ver. 4.

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UNPROTOtize is an alternate C preprocessor
which enables non-ansi C compilers to
compile ANSI C code. C source code ver. 4.
@(#) README 1.5 92/02/15 17:17:00

unproto - Compile ANSI C with traditional UNIX C compiler


This is a filter that sits in between the UNIX C preprocessor and the
next UNIX C compiler stage, on the fly transforming ANSI C syntax to
old C syntax. Line number information is preserved so that compiler
diagnostics still make sense. It runs at roughly the same speed as
/lib/cpp, so it has negligible impact on compilation time.

Typically, the program is invoked by the native UNIX C compiler as an
alternate preprocessor. The unprototyper in turn invokes the native C
preprocessor and massages its output. Similar tricks can be used with
the lint(1) command. Details are given below.

The filter rewrites ANSI-style function headings, function pointer
types and type casts, function prototypes, and combinations thereof.
Unlike some other unprototypers, this one is fully recursive and does
not depend on source file layout (see the example.c file).

Besides the rewriting of argument lists, the program does the following
transformations: string concatenation, conversion of \a and \x escape
sequences to their octal equivalents, translation of the __TIME__ and
__DATE__ macros, optional mapping of `void *' to `char *', and optional
mapping of plain `void' to `int'.

The unprototyper provides hooks for compilers that require special
tricks for variadic functions (fortunately, many don't).
support is provided for sparc, mips, mc68k, 80x86, vax, and others.

The program has been tested with SunOS 4.1.1 (sparc), Ultrix 4.0 and
4.2 (mips), and Microport System V Release 2 (80286). It should work
with almost every PCC-based UNIX C compiler.


A description of restrictions and workarounds can be found in the
unproto.1 manual page.

Problems fixed with this release:

Prototypes and definitions of functions returning pointer to function
were not rewritten to old style.


This package implements a non-default C preprocessor (the output from
the default C preprocessor being piped through the unprototyper). How
one tells the C compiler to use a non-default preprocessor program is
somewhat compiler-dependent:

SunOS 4.x: cc -Qpath directory_with_alternate_cpp ...

Ultrix 4.x: cc -tp -hdirectory_with_alternate_cpp -B ...

System V.2: cc -Bdirectory_with_alternate_cpp/ -tp ...

Your C compiler manual page should provide the necessary information.

A more portable, but less efficient, approach relies on the observation
that almost every UNIX C compiler supports the -E (write preprocessor
output to stdout) and -P options (preprocess file.c into file.i). Just
add the following lines to your Makefiles:

$(CC) $(CFLAGS) -E $*.c | unproto >$*.i # simulate -P option
$(CC) $(CFLAGS) -c $*.i
rm -f $*.i

On some systems the lint(1) command is just a shell script, and writing
a version that uses the unprototyper should not be too hard. With SunOS
4.x, /usr/bin/lint is not a shell script, but it does accept the same
syntax as the cc(1) command for the specification of a non-default
compiler pass.

You may have to do some research on the lint command provided with your
own machine.


Check the contents of the `stdarg.h' file provided with this package.
This file serves a dual purpose: (1) on systems that do not provide a
stdarg.h file, it should be included by C source files that implements
ANSI-style variadic functions; (2) it is also used to configure the
unprototyper so that it emits the proper magic when it sees `...'.

The `stdarg.h' file has support for sparc, mips, and for compilers that
pass arguments via the stack (typical for 80*86, mc68k and vax). It
gives general hints for other compilers.

The other sample header files (stddef.h and stdlib.h) are not required
to build the unprototyper.

The `varargs.c' file provided with this package can be used to verify
that the `stdarg.h' file has been set up correctly.

If your C compiler has no hooks for an alternate preprocessor (the
unprototyper will be used as: `cc cflags -E file.c | unproto >file.i'),
build the `unproto' executable without the `PIPE_THROUGH_CPP' feature.
Details are given in the Makefile.

Otherwise, the `' shell script can be used to set up the pipe
between the native C preprocessor and the unprototyper command. The
script assumes that the unprototyper binary is called `unproto', and
that it was compiled without the `PIPE_THROUGH_CPP' feature. See the
Makefile and the `' script for details and for a description of
possible problems with this approach.

The overhead and problems of shell-script interpretation can be avoided
by letting the unprototyper itself pipe its standard input through the
C preprocessor. For this mode of operation, the unprototyper binary
should be called `cpp', and the `unproto.c' source file should be
compiled with the `PIPE_THROUGH_CPP' macro defined as the absolute
pathname of the native C preprocessor (usually `/lib/cpp'). See the
Makefile for details.


Install the `unproto.1' manual page in a suitable place. If your system
does not provide a `stdarg.h' file, find a suitable place for the one
provided with the unprototyper and install it there. The same goes for
the sample stddef.h and stdlib.h files; make sure that the definitions
in there apply to your environment. Most or all of the latter files are
already part of Ultrix 4.x and SunOS 4.1.1.

The ANSI float.h and limits.h files can be generated with the config
program by Steve Pemberton (comp.sources.misc volume 10, issue 62,
available from as comp.sources.misc/volume10/config42.Z).

If you run the unprototyper with "cc -E" just install the `unproto'
binary; the `cpp' shell script will not be needed.

If you use the `cpp' shell script to pipe the preprocessor output
through the unprototyper program, install the `unproto' binary in a
place where the `cpp' shell script can find it, and install the `cpp'
shell script in a suitable place.

If the unprototyper itself opens the pipe to the C preprocessor (i.e.
the unprototyper was built with the `PIPE_THROUGH_CPP' macro defined),
install the `cpp' unprototyper binary in a suitable place.

Wietse Venema
[email protected]
Mathematics and Computing Science
Eindhoven University of Technology
The Netherlands

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