brandy - a portable BBC BASIC V interpreter
] [-size SIZE
] [-load FILENAME
] [-quit FILENAME
is an interpreter for BBC BASIC V
, the dialect of BASIC
that Acorn Computers supplied with their ranges of desktop computers that use
the ARM processor such as the Archimedes and Risc PC, and is still in use on
these and compatibles.
is a much extended version of BBC BASIC. This was the BASIC used
on the 6502-based BBC Micro that Acorn made during the 1980s.
- Print a summary of these options.
- -size SIZE
- Set the size of the Basic workspace to SIZE bytes
when starting the interpreter. The minimum size allowed is 10000 bytes and
anything below this value will be set to it. The maximum size is limited
only by the environment in which the program is being run. The size may
have a suffix of k to denote that the size is in kilobytes or
m if it is in megabytes. For example, -size 100k will set
the workspace size to 100 kilobytes (102400 bytes) and -size 8m
will set it to eight megabytes (8388608 bytes).
- -lib FILENAME
- Load Basic library FILENAME when the interpreter
starts. This option can be repeated as many times as required to load a
number of libraries. This is equivalent to typing INSTALL
“FILENAME” at the interpreter's command line. The
libraries are loaded in the order given on the command line. Note that the
search order is the reverse of this.
- -load FILENAME
- Load Basic program FILENAME when the interpreter
- -path DIRECTORY[,DIRECTORY]...
- This specifies a list of directories that the interpreter
will search when looking for libraries and programs. The directory names
are separated by commas. The pseudo-variable FILEPATH$ is set to
- -quit FILENAME
- Load and run the Basic program FILENAME. Leave the
interpreter when the program has finished running.
- -chain FILENAME
- Load and run the Basic program FILENAME. Remain in
the interpreter when the program has finished running.
- Start the interpreter with the screen in graphics mode in
versions of the program which support graphics and the screen can be in
either text or graphics modes.
- Ignore certain `unsupported feature' errors. By default the
interpreter reports an error whenever it comes across a BASIC V feature
that it does not support. This option allows some unsupported features
that do not affect the basic running of the program to be ignored.
- This is exactly equivalent to -chain.
The case of the names of the options is ignored. It depends on the operating
system under which the interpreter is running as to whether the names of files
are case sensitive or insensitive.
- example BASIC programs
- full documentation
Brandy's home page
There is some very useful documentation for the BBC Micro available on the
Internet. One very good site is The BBC Lives!
or see http://sourceforge.net/projects/brandy/
David Daniels, with contributions from Darren Salt and Colin Tuckley
Report bugs to the bug tracker at http://sourceforge.net/projects/brandy
Copyright (c) 2000, 2001 David Daniels. Copyright (c) 2009, 2012 Colin Tuckley.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO
warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.