[sac-user] SAC source code

Clemens Grelck clemens.grelck at googlemail.com
Mon Oct 24 09:11:29 CEST 2011

Your understanding is correct indeed. For a number of reasons, that
I do not want to elaborate here, the SAC compiler is currently not
open source. This may change in the future (or not). For now you can
download a binary distribution here:

If you are seriously interested in how the compilation works, the
compiler is very verbose in its doing, for instance you can stop
the compilation after any of the several hundred passes and look
at the intermediate code. This might be more interesting in practice
than looking at the sources.

If you are seriously interested in contributing to the SAC project,
we are under certain conditions happy to welcome you in the team and
provide you with access to the sources.


On 10/24/2011 05:35 AM, Ivan Shmakov wrote:
>>>>>> Andrew Pennebaker<andrew.pennebaker at gmail.com>  writes:
>   >  Where is the SAC repository? Is it CVS, Subversion, or something
>   >  else?  Cheers,
> 	It was my understanding that SAC is non-free.  (In the sense of
> 	the first freedom, which reads: “The freedom to study how the
> 	program works, and change it so it does your computing as you
> 	wish (freedom 1).  Access to the source code is a precondition
> 	for this.” [1].)
> 	I'd be glad should someone point out that I'm wrong.
> 	TIA.
> [1] http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

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