brandy - a portable BBC BASIC V interpreter
brandy [-help] [-size SIZE] [-lib FILENAME] [-load FILENAME]
[-path DIRECTORY[,DIRECTORY]...] [-quit FILENAME] [-chain FILENAME]
Brandy is an interpreter for BASIC V, the dialect of BASIC that Acorn
Computers supplied with their ranges of desktop computers that use the
ARM processor such as the Archimedes and Risc PC, and is still in use
on these and compatibles.
BASIC V is an extended version of BBC BASIC. This was the BASIC used on
the BBC Micro that Acorn made during the early 1980s.
-help Print a summary of these options.
Set the size of the Basic workspace to SIZE bytes when starting
the interpreter. The minimum size allowed is 10000 bytes and
anything below this value will be set to it. The maximum size is
limited only by the environment in which the program is being
run. The size may have a suffix of k to denote that the size is
in kilobytes or m if it is in megabytes. For example, -size 100k
will set the workspace size to 100 kilobytes (102400 bytes) and
-size 8m will set it to eight megabytes (8388608 bytes).
Load Basic library FILENAME when the interpreter starts. This
option can be repeated as many times as required to load a
number of libraries. This is equivalent to typing INSTALL
“FILENAME” at the interpreter’s command line. The libraries are
loaded in the order given on the command line. Note that the
search order is the reverse of this.
Load Basic program FILENAME when the interpreter starts.
This specifies a list of directories that the interpreter will
search when looking for libraries and programs. The directory
names are separated by commas. The pseudo-variable FILEPATH$ is
set to this value.
Load and run the Basic program FILENAME. Leave the interpreter
when the program has finished running.
Load and run the Basic program FILENAME. Remain in the
interpreter when the program has finished running.
Start the interpreter with the screen in graphics mode in
versions of the program which support graphics and the screen
can be in either text or graphics modes.
Ignore certain ‘unsupported feature’ errors. By default the
interpreter reports an error whenever it comes across a BASIC V
feature that it does not support. This option allows some
unsupported features that do not affect the basic running of the
program to be ignored.
This is exactly equivalent to -chain.
The case of the names of the options is ignored. It depends on the
operating system under which the interpreter is running as to whether
the names of files are case sensitive or insensitive.
example BASIC programs
/usr/share/doc/brandy full documentation (use zless to view it)
Brandy’s home page
There is some very useful documentation for the BBC Micro available on
the Internet. One very good site is The BBC Lives! at:
David Daniels, with contributions from Darren Salt
Report bugs to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or on the newsgroup
Copyright (c) 2000, 2001 David Daniels. This is free software; see the
source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.