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A MIX emulator and MIXAL interpreter

Mixal is an implementation of the imaginary computer called MIX and its assembly language MIXAL, which were invented by Donald E. Knuth in the 1960's for use in his monumental and yet unfinished book series "The Art of Computer Programming". All actual programs and all programming exercises in the series are written in MIXAL.

This package contains a modified version of Darius Bacon's Mixal implementation. It takes a MIXAL source file, translates it to MIX machine code and then executes the resulting program, all in a single run. The result of the assembler step cannot be extracted to a file. Similarly, one cannot take a precompiled MIX program and try to execute it in this emulator - only MIXAL source is accepted.

The MIX emulator does not support floating-point operations nor the tape devices described in Knuth's book. This is not fatal, however, and most of the programs and exercise answers in Knuth's book can be run in this MIXAL implementation.

Package version:1.08-11


Notes for users of the Debian packaging of Mixal

The MIXAL interpreter and MIX emulator binary is called `mixal'.  Yes,
there is a brief manual page.

The examples distributed in the upstream package are not included,
since it is not certain whether they can legally be distributed with
this program: they come verbatim from Knuth's book (see below),


MIXAL(1)                 Mixal user's manual                MIXAL(1)

       mixal - a load-and-go MIX assembler

       mixal [ file ...  ]

       Mixal  is  an implementation of the hypothetical MIX computer
       and its assembly language called  MIXAL.   The  computer  was
       designed by Donald Knuth for use in his monumental and yet to
       be finished book


mixal (1.08-11) unstable; urgency=low

  * Added ${misc:Depends} to control
    This fixes lintian debhelper-but-no-misc-depends
  * Upgraded dh compat from 4 to 8.  Updated control and added compat file.
    This fixes lintian package-uses-deprecated-debhelper-compat-version
    This also cleans up package-lacks-versioned-build-depends-on-debhelper
  * Removed DH_COMPAT from rules file.


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