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+README for shevek's Z80 assembler
+See INSTALL for installation instructions
+The assembler works like gcc. You need an external editor to create your
+source file. Then you assemble it to a z80 binary with this assembler.
+By default, the assembler uses stdin as its only input file and stdout as
+its output file. Any arguments with no flags are taken as input files.
+If more than one input file is specified, the files are concatenated.
+The following flags are supported:
+-h --help give a help text
+-V --version give version information
+-v --verbose be verbose. specify more than once to be more verbose.
+ If you want verbosity about parsing the commandline,
+ then this should be the the first argument.
+-l --list file specify file to write out the input, with lines on
+ which files are read and every source line prefixed
+ with the address. (list file)
+-L --label file specify file to write all labels to, in assembler
+ readable format (human readable as well). Every line is
+ of the form:
+ label: equ value
+ so it can be included in source.
+-i --input file specify an input file.
+-o --output file specify the output file.
+Some notes on the assembler directives and mnemonics:
+All text is case insensitive, except when quoted.
+Undocumented opcodes are as much as possible supported. There are some errors
+in the implementation, that are being worked on (see BUGS). Names for
+undocumented opcodes are:
+sll and sli are equal and can both be used.
+ixh, ixl, iyh and iyl can be used.
+Assembler directives are:
+defb and db arg,arg,arg,...
+defw and dw arg,arg,arg,...
+defs and ds count,value=0
+ Note: the quotes around the file for include are
+ mandatory, but you can choose the quotes yourself.
+ eg, you may use % or even a letter as a quote.
+ The filename does not undergo any expansion, so
+ \, ~, $, etc are passed as written (which means ~
+ will not be your home directory.)
+defb/db can also take strings, when enclosed in double quotes:
+defb "This text should be in a buffer", 0
+All expressions can use the following operators, in order of precedence:
+(a, b and c denote subexpressions)
+a?b:c If a is not zero, return b, otherwise c
+a|b bitwise or
+a^b bitwise xor
+a&b bitwise and
+a==b a!=b equality
+a<=b a>=b a<b a>b inequality
+a<<b a>>b shift
+a+b a-b addition and subtraction
+a*b a/b a%b multiplication, division and modulo
+~a +a -a bitwise not, no effect and negation
+Literals in expressions may be written as: (case does not matter)
+14, 14d decimal number
+016, 16o, 16q octal number
+0xE, 0Eh hexadecimal number (first character must be 0-9)
+%1110, 1110b binary number
+@c11 base 13 number (specified by 'c' so c+1 == 10)
+'s' ASCII code of 's'
+$ address of first byte of current command
+In all expressions, labels may be used. However, there are some expressions
+where the value must be computable at once, and therefore only previously
+defined labels may be used. This is the case for:
+- The argument of org
+- The argument of equ (eg, a label definition)
+- The first argument of ds
+- The argument of if
+In all other expression, labels which are defined later may be used.
+Warning: parts that are not compiled because of an if statement are only
+checked to have a correct command. The argument is not parsed. This means
+that if the file passes through the assembler with no warnings or errors, it
+may still not assemble correctly in a different setting (where the if's
+give different results).