[Vm-dev] InterpreterSimulator and Primitive Code convention

David T. Lewis lewis at mail.msen.com
Mon Nov 30 21:41:17 UTC 2009

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 01:28:29PM +0100, arnaud Jean Baptiste wrote:
> Hi,
> I have some question about VM.
> i the InterpreterSimulator is still maintain ? Because i am interest about this stuff. Who maintain this stuff ?

The InterpreterSimulator is maintained as part of the VMMaker package on
SqueakSource. It does not receive much attention, but the intent is to
keep it working. Bugs and fixes reported on Mantis are appreciated.

If you search through the archives of squeak-dev and vm-dev, you will
find discussions of how to use it and what images it seems to work with.
If you have specific questions, there are a number of folks on this list
(or on squeak-dev) who can help.

> Then, 
> Some primitive have smalltalk code and this code is call only if the primitive fail.
> But i have see some primitive code is using to be inline when generate the Virtual Machine via VMMaker. 
> Then what is the true convention about the primitive code ?

I am not sure that I understand your question. There are methods that
call primitives, and have fallback code that is executed if the primitive
fails. These methods are not part of the primitive, they are just ordinary
methods that happen to call primitives.

Methods that are inlined, and that are used to generate the VM via
VMMaker, are a different thing. They are Smalltalk methods that are
designed to be translated into C to form the actual primitives in
the VM. The inlining is just a part of the translation process.


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