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GCC First Release email

This is the e-mail which Richard Stallman (a.k.a. rms) sent in 1987, to announce the public availability of first release of GCC.

      Date: Sun, 22 Mar 87 10:56:56 EST
   From: rms (Richard M. Stallman)

   The GNU C compiler is now available for ftp from the file
   /u2/emacs/gcc.tar on  This includes machine
   descriptions for vax and sun, 60 pages of documentation on writing
   machine descriptions (internals.texinfo, internals.dvi and Info
   file internals).

   This also contains the ANSI standard (Nov 86) C preprocessor and 30
   pages of reference manual for it.

   This compiler compiles itself correctly on the 68020 and did so
   recently on the vax.  It recently compiled Emacs correctly on the
   68020, and has also compiled tex-in-C and Kyoto Common Lisp.
   However, it probably still has numerous bugs that I hope you will
   find for me.

   I will be away for a month, so bugs reported now will not be
   handled until then.

   If you can't ftp, you can order a compiler beta-test tape from the
   Free Software Foundation for $150 (plus 5% sales tax in
   Massachusetts, or plus $15 overseas if you want air mail).

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   Cambridge, MA  02138