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    > > IIRC, the 6 character linker requirement came from when the Bell Labs folk
    > > ported the C compiler the IBM mainframe world, not from the early UNIX (tm)
    > > world. During the original ANSI C meetings, I got the sense from the IBM rep,
    >
    > 6 character linker name limits are very old. Honeywell L66 GCOS3/TSS which I
    > had the dubious pleasure of experiencing and which is a direct derivative of
    > GECOS and thus relevant to the era like many 36bit boxes uses 6 char link names
    >
    > Why - well because 6 BCD characters fit in a 36bit word and its a single compare
    > to check symbol matches

    well... actually it was 6 bit "ascii" computed from: (char - ' '). Depends
    entirely on architecture, and implementation. EBCD/6Bit/7Bit and EBCDIC were
    supported on the Honeywell systems.

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