Brass - 1.0.5.2 update [Tuesday 24/09/2013]

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I've been having...shall we say... "technical difficulties" with my laptop, and I'm afraid I have to migrate DCS6 development to a new computer with my most recent backup, December 12th. That's why I didn't get it out on time. Anyway, I installed Brass, set up wappsign's environment variable, yet whenever I try to start up Brass from either explorer.exe or from a command prompt, I get "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000125). Click on OK to terminate the application." I seem to vaguely remember you mentioning to me at one point needing a VB6 library of some sort in order to make it work - is that what the problem is? A missing lib?
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Well, vb6 was used in the old "Z80 Workshop"... you now require at least .NET 2.0 framework :)
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.NET 3.0 Runtimes
...installs the common language runtime...
.NET 3.0 is based around .NET 2.0 with a few additions to the class library so it should cover all .NET 2.0 apps as well. I don't know whether it covers .NET 1.0/1.1 though.

Confusingly I believe 3.5 will add new language features, so who knows WTF is up with Microsoft's version numbering system.

(Incidentally, the reason you get that rather unhelpful error is the nature of .NET applications. They are distributed as CIL, but the Microsoft compilers wrap that CIL in an EXE with a small bootstrapper for the runtimes - if you are missing the runtimes, the bootstrapper fails, and hence the error message).
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Superb, all is well once more. Thanks guys. :)
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Hey Ben, im loving Brass atm.

One thing, it seems that Brass is assembling the instructions 'OR IYL' and 'OR IYH' to the same instruction. Namely they are both being assembled as 'OR IYH'.

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OR IYL is .db $FD,$B5
OR IYH is .db $FD,$B4
Took me a little while to figure it out, but thats what i get for using undocumented instructions :).

I have been able to get around it by just coding the opcode bytes directly, so its no big deal.
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I'll look into it. :)
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Brass 1.0.4.10 (should be fixed).
Also had a look at list files; they seem to be working.

Let me know if you find any other oddities.
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Cool Ben! Listing works just fine now :).

I was wondering if you could check the .align instruction ... i seem to be having problems with it, more specifically aligning to a 256byte boundry with '.align 256'. The listing file would show that it is aligned, but when i view the contents of the page in PindurTI, that doesnt seem so. It appears that the padding may split the data at the beginning a little.
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You could try manually, ie

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.org ($ + $00FF) & $FF00
...and seeing if that helps.

If there is a bug, chances are its in the Intel Hex output rather than the actual align directive (you could verify by outputting a binary and looking for your data in a hex editor)..? I rely on it quite heavily for 256-byte aligned tables, and not had a problem yet.
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There appears to be a problem with .defpage, Brass 1.0.4.10 complains that .defpage should have 2 to 3 arguments, but what about the 4th argument (origin) ?

edit: nvm that, wrong documentation in LateNite..
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Sorry, the docs are out of date. I also have to look into this .align bug with apps :\
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Hi, could someone having the .align problem send me some sample source code?
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1.0.4.11 adds a warning if the two passes go out of synch due to an instruction/label parser bug. It doesn't "fix" the parsing bug, but it does report the line and file that has caused the problem.
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Re: Brass - 1.0.5.2 update [Tuesday 24/09/2013]

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It's been a while since I posted here, but there have been some updates to Brass:
  • 1.0.5.2 - .branch directive no longer aligns to 3-byte boundaries.
  • 1.0.5.1 - defined() function allows you to check whether macros are defined without needing to nest/duplicate .ifdef directives.
  • 1.0.5.0 - .appheaderpadding directive to change the application header padding (defaults to 128 bytes, allows you to reduce the size of the header and free up some space on the first page).
Download the latest version from the Brass website.
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