Tock (translator from occam to C from Kent) is a Haskell-based compiler for occam and related languages.

Current frontends:

Current backends:

It's written in Haskell, making use of the Parsec parser combinator library and generic tree transformation passes. It aims to provide C-like performance for straightline code.

For more details on Tock, see Adam's fringe presentation from CPA2007:

Tock is currently experimental and under development; if you're after a stable occam-pi implementation then please see KRoC or the Transterpreter.

Getting Tock

The source code is currently managed using the Darcs distributed revision control system. You can browse it with a web browser here:

To download a copy of the source to play with, install Darcs, then do darcs get --partial; this will give you a tock directory containing the source code.

Compiling Tock

Tock itself needs GHC version 6.6 or later and Alex. If you're on Debian, then you can do the following to install all the packages required for Tock:

apt-get install ghc6 ghc6-prof \
  libghc6-mtl-dev libghc6-hunit-dev libghc6-fgl-dev libghc6-quickcheck-dev \
  libghc6-haxml-dev \
  alex haddock drift \
  darcs gcc g++ autoconf automake

haddock is only necessary if you want to build the documentation. libghc6-haxml-dev and drift are only necessary if you want to experiment with the XML AST.

Once you have the sources in a directory, you will need to execute these commands:

autoreconf -i

You can also run the command make check to run the supplied unit tests.

Tock's C backend needs GCC 3 or later, and a recent version of the CCSP library from KRoC (which currently only supports IA32). Tock's C++ backend needs GGC 3, and C++CSP v2.0.2 or later.

Running Tock

To compile a program to a binary using Tock, use a command of the form:

/path/to/tock --output=testprog testprog.occ

For more exciting output, add the -v flag. The command ./tock --output=testcases/commstime-mini testcases/commstime-mini.occ will compile one of the testcases. By default, Tock uses the occam frontend and the C/CCSP backend. To change this, use --frontend=rain and/or --backend=cppcsp respectively. However, both the Rain frontend and C++CSP backend are currently unfinished.

Working on Tock

Tock is designed to make it straightforward to experiment with modifications to the compiler -- for example, adding new backends, or testing out new language features or optimisations. If you're interested in working on (or using) Tock yourself, then please join the tock-discuss mailing list:

You can use Darcs to work on and commit ("record") changes in your own copy, and then submit them to Adam when you're happy for them to be merged using darcs send. Provided your changes don't break Tock for other users, we're interested in getting them into the trunk as soon as possible so that they're available to everybody.

The code is documented inline using Haddock syntax; install Haddock and type make haddock to create HTML documentation in the doc directory.

Keeping Track of Tock Development

There is an RSS feed for the Tock repository that shows all "commits" to the repository:

There is also a Trac database used for tracking bugs/feature plans, etc. It is publicly viewable here:

And you can subscribe to a useful RSS feed for Trac at the foot of this page:

Tock (last edited 2008-11-20 13:17:07 by ats)