[Lazarus] Size of binaries etc.

Mark Morgan Lloyd markMLl.lazarus at telemetry.co.uk
Wed Mar 21 17:25:22 CET 2012

Sven Barth wrote:
> Am 21.03.2012 14:44, schrieb Mark Morgan Lloyd:

>> But the bottom line is that the target audience is IBM mainframe
>> hackers, used to handcrafting assembler and punching EBCDIC with their
>> teeth. I don't want them to say "Binaries bigger than 1Mb? NBG".
> Maybe it would be better to show non-GUI executables? Those are normally 
> much smaller. Also these might be more useful on a mainframe?

The couple of things I'm looking at are both GUI-oriented. The first 
looks at a .aws file which is an image of a mainframe tape, logs the 
start of each record, and then allows each to be (decoded from EBCDIC 
and) displayed. As far as I can tell, nobody's done this for anything 
other than Windows. The second is a telnet terminal for IBM's APL\1130, 
which can otherwise only be used by a horrible hack.

So while neither has any pretension to actually run on a mainframe, I'm 
still fairly sensitive to criticism if any of the "old school" starts 
grumbling that they're a couple of orders of magnitude larger than they 
need to be.

Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk

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