ick - INTERCAL compiler
ick [options] file...
ick -e [options] intercal-file [non-intercal-file...] [library...]
This manual page documents briefly the ick command. This manual page
was originally written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution (but may
be used by others), because the original program did not have a manual
page, and was then added back to the main distribution. Fuller
documentation is available via the command info ick (for the ick
command itself; even fuller documentation is available via info C-
INTERCAL (which contains the documentation for both the compiler and
the INTERCAL language)). There is also other documentation in
/usr/share/doc/intercal and /usr/share/doc/intercal/examples as one
would expect on a Debian system.
ick takes INTERCAL programs and generates code from them (by running
Note that the base in which a program is written is deduced from its
extension; INTERCAL programs in base 2 must have the extension .i,
INTERCAL programs in bases from 3 to 7 must have an extension from .3i
to .7i respectively.
No options take arguments; multiple options can be given separately or
combined in the usual way (even -e). The order in which options is
given is irrelevant unless they conflict, in which case the options
that are given last on the command line take precedence.
-c Compile INTERCAL to C, but don’t compile the resulting C.
-d Print yacc debugging information (implies -c).
-t Requires strict INTERCAL-72 compliance (rejecting COME FROM, the
extensions for bases other than two, and other features not
found in INTERCAL-72).
-b Disables the INTERCAL-72 random-bug feature.
-O Attempt to optimize expressions in the generated code.
-C Clockface output (using IIII rather than IV in Roman numerals).
-f Optimize control flow in generated code (prevents -yp).
-F Optimize everything in generated code for speed, regardless of
how slow the compiler becomes or how large the object file
becomes. Implies -fO, prevents -cdeghpyH.
-h Print optimizer debugging information (implies -cO).
-H Print verbose optimizer debugging information (implies -cO).
-hH Print optimizer debugging information in a different form
-w Enable the +printflow option in output programs even if they are
-y Run the yuk debugger on the code (prevents -fme).
-p Run the yuk profiler on the code (prevents -fme).
-m Allow multithreading and backtracking (prevents -ype, implies
-e Link one INTERCAL file to non-INTERCAL files or to expansion
libraries. Doing this changes the syntax of the command line;
the first file given must be the INTERCAL source file, then this
can be followed by any number of files in other languages to
link via the external calls system (currently only C programs
are allowed), and then any number of expansion libraries. The
non-INTERCAL files will be processed to link them to the
INTERCAL files, and then compiled with gcc and linked to the
main INTERCAL program.
-E Do not link the system library, even if the code suggests that
it is needed (prevents -P).
-a Allow the use of the CREATE statement (prevents -P).
-v Allow anything on the left of an assignment, and turn off the
protection that constants otherwise have against being assigned
to (prevents -fFOP).
-P Compile PIC-INTERCAL rather than INTERCAL (prevents -amFvxeE,
-o Output to stdout rather than .c (implies -c).
-X Interpret ambiguous syntax such as ? and @ with Princeton
meanings (as used by CLC-INTERCAL), rather than with the default
-x Use CLC-INTERCAL rules for text I/O and for abstaining from a
GIVE UP by label (prevents -P).
-u Print a message whenever the compiler tries to open a file.
-U Dump core on E778 as well as printing an error.
-g Leave the generated C in place, and make the output executable
-l Attempt to report likely bugs and nonportabilities (implies -O).
The newsgroup alt.lang.intercal is where INTERCAL compilers are
announced, and INTERCAL itself is discussed; the website
http://intercal.freeshell.org is where the most recent versions of C-
INTERCAL (and also CLC-INTERCAL) are currently hosted.
ick was originally written by Eric S. Raymond. This manual page was
originally written by Mark W. Eichin <firstname.lastname@example.org>, for the
Debian GNU/Linux system.