C compilers for RSTS/E?

From: Mark Davidson <medavidson_at_mac.com>
Date: Fri Oct 22 01:05:20 2004

On Oct 21, 2004, at 7:37 PM, Mike Cesari wrote:

> On Oct 21, 2004, at 6:57 PM, Zane H. Healy wrote:
>>>>>>>> "Zane" == Zane H Healy <healyzh_at_aracnet.com> writes:
>>> Zane> What C compilers exist for RSTS/E? I'm aware of DEC PDP-11 C
>>> Zane> V1.2, is there anything else/newer?
>>> There's DECUS C.
>>> Zane> I assume there is no way to get GCC to crank out RSTS/E
>>> Zane> binaries.
>>> Not right now, but I keep thinking this should be possible...
>>> paul
>> I should have remembered DECUS C, I thought Watersmith (is that the
>> right
>> name) or someone else might have had a version for RSTS/E as well.
> Is Whitesmith's C what you're thinking of? It was also available for
> CP/M and
> MS-DOS. I wonder if it's available at all anymore...
> Mike
I may be wrong, but I don't remember Whitesmith's C being available for
CP/M, and I could swear it wasn't available for MS/DOS either.
Whitesmith did have a Unix-like OS called IDRIS, and they did have a C
compiler, but I thought it was only available for "larger" computers,
not the PC.

Unfortunately, all the Whitesmith products have vanished into the
ether... they got bought by someone and as far as I know, are no longer

Funny, there are several products that I wish could be brought back
from the dead, even if it was just to study how they were put together.
  I can think of the following:

1) Whitesmith's IDRIS
2) CCA Emacs - an Emacs clone that was available for various Unix and
VMS systems
3) Unipress Emacs - the original Emacs written by James Gosling when
he worked at a university, repackaged and sold as a commercial product
(although I've seen the Gosling C source floating around at some

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