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@node Removed features
@section Removed features

@c @menu
@c * In-house DFFI:: Hand-written FFI assembly
@c * In-house GC:: ECL's own GC
@c * Green threads:: Lightweight processes
@c * Compiler newcmp:: Experimental compiler architecture
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@c * In-house bignum implementation::
@c * Possibility to build without bignums::
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@c @end menu

@c @node In-house DFFI
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@subheading In-house DFFI
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Commit @code{10bd3b613fd389da7640902c2b88a6e36088c920}. Native DFFI was
replaced by a @code{libffi} long time ago, but we have maintained the
code as a fallback. Due to small number of supported platforms and no
real use it has been removed in 2016.

@c @node In-house GC
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@subheading In-house GC
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Commit @code{61500316b7ea17d0e42f5ca127f2f9fa3e6596a8}.  Broken GC is
replaced by BoehmGC library. This may be added back as a fallback in
the near future.
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@code{3bd9799a2fef21cc309472e604a46be236b155c7} removes a leftover
(apparently gbc.d wasn't bdwgc glue).

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@c @node Green threads
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@subheading Green threads
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Commit @code{41923d5927f31f4dd702f546b9caee74e98a2080}. Green threads
(aka light weight processes) has been replaced with native threads
implementation. There is an ongoing effort to bring them back as an
alternative interface.

@c @node Compiler newcmp
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@subheading Compiler newcmp
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Commit @code{9b8258388487df8243e2ced9c784e569c0b34c4f} This was
abandoned effort of changing the compiler architecture. Some clever
ideas and a compiler package hierarchy. Some of these things should be
incorporated during the evolution of the primary compiler.
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@subheading Old MIT loop
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Commit @code{5042589043a7be853b7f85fd7a996747412de6b4}. This old loop
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implementation has got superseded by the one incorporated from
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Symbolics LOOP in 2001.
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@subheading Support for bignum arithmetic (earith.d)
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Commit @code{edfc2ba785d6a64667e89c869ef0a872d7b9704b}. Removes
pre-gmp bignum code. Name comes probably from ``extended arithmetic'',
contains multiplication and division routines (assembler and a
portable implementation).

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@subheading Unification module
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Commit @code{6ff5d20417a21a76846c4b28e532aac097f03109}. Old unification
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module (logic programming) from EcoLisp times.
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@subheading Hierarchical packages
Commit @code{72e422f1b3c4b3c52fa273b961517db943749a8f}. Partially
broken. Tests left in package-extensions.lsp.
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@subheading 8-bit opcodes in bytecodes interpreter
Commit @code{c3244b0148ed352808779b07b25c3edddf9d7349}. Works fine but
provides no real gain and is limited to intel.

@subheading thread local variables
Commit @code{618f6e92e8144f7b95bc36b42a337c212bacc8e7}. Disabled by
default, practically not tested, works on limited number of platforms.