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comp.lang.c FAQ list · Question 18.1

Q: I need some C development tools.

A: Here is a crude list of some which are available.

a C cross-reference generator
cflow, cxref, calls, cscope, xscope, or ixfw
a C beautifier/pretty-printer
cb, indent, GNU indent, or vgrind
a revision control or configuration management tool
a C source obfuscator (shrouder)
obfus, shroud, or opqcp
a ``make'' dependency generator
makedepend, or try cc -M or cpp -M
tools to compute code metrics
ccount, Metre, lcount, or csize; there is also a package sold by McCabe and Associates
a C lines-of-source counter
this can be done very crudely with the standard Unix utility wc, and somewhat better with grep -c ";"
a C declaration aid (cdecl)
check volume 14 of comp.sources.unix (see question 18.16) and K&R2
a prototype generator
see question 11.31
a tool to track down malloc problems
see question 18.2
a ``selective'' C preprocessor
see question 10.18
language translation tools
see questions 11.31 and 20.26
C verifiers (lint)
see question 18.7
a C compiler!
see question 18.3

(This list of tools is by no means complete; if you know of tools not mentioned, you're welcome to contact this list's maintainer.)

Other lists of tools, and discussion about them, can be found in the Usenet newsgroups comp.compilers and

See also questions 18.3 and 18.16.

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