Q31881: LINK /PAC and /F Options Are Not Supported by BASIC Compiler
Article: Q31881 Product(s): See article Version(s): 6.00 6.00b 7.00 Operating System(s): MS-DOS Keyword(s): ENDUSER | B_QuickBas | mspl13_basic Last Modified: 2-FEB-1990 The /F (far call translation) and /PAC (packcode) options of LINK.EXE Version 5.01.20 should not be used with BASIC programs. The LINK section on Pages 276-278 of the "Microsoft CodeView and Utilities: Software Development Tools for MS-DOS" manual states that if the /F and /PAC options are used together, slightly faster code and smaller executable file size are generated. This process is performed by directing the linker to group together neighboring code segments and by optimizing far CALLs. However, this information does not apply to BASIC. When you link compiled BASIC routines with LINK /F/PAC, the executable .EXE file size remains the same as the .EXE file size when linked without these options, and speed is not increased. This information applies to the BC.EXE that comes with QuickBASIC Versions 4.00, 4.00b, and 4.50, to Microsoft BASIC Compiler Versions 6.00 and 6.00b for MS-DOS and MS OS/2, and to Microsoft BASIC Professional Development System (PDS) Version 7.00 for MS-DOS and MS OS/2.
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