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What is the cross assembler?

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2005-03-31 03:34:11

The assembly part of a compiler is at the back end of the build

process. A build process takes instructions from a programming

language and converts them into machine instructions. When you need

to make machine instructions for a machine that is different than

the type you are programming on you need a cross compiler. For

instance, if you have a PC with an Intel X86 and you want machine

instructions for an Xbox with a PowerPC inside then you would need

to cross compile. You could take some intermediate output from your

compilation process on the PC and use a cross assembler to make

PowerPC instructions. Thus you would be using a cross

assembler.


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