All instructions consist of one byte, denoting the opcode, and some number of operands.

The conversion from a byte (in the range 0..255) to the opcode is
performed by lookup in the table contained in the file `bytecode.d`

.

There are the following types of operands, denoted by different letters:

,`k`

,`n`

,`m`

`l`

- A (nonnegative) numeric operand. The next byte is read. If its bit 7 is zero, then the bits 6..0 give the value (7 bits). If its bit 7 is one, then the bits 6..0 and the subsequent byte together form the value (15 bits).
`b`

- A (nonnegative) 1-byte operand. The next byte is read and is the value.
`label`

- A label operand. A signed numeric operand is read: The next byte is read. If its bit 7 is zero, then the bits 6..0 give the value (7 bits, sign-extended). If its bit 7 is one, then the bits 6..0 and the subsequent byte together form the value (15 bits, sign-extended). If the latter 15-bit result is zero, then four more bytes are read and put together (32 bits, sign-extended). Finally, the bytecode pointer for the target is computed as the current bytecode pointer (pointing after the operand just read), plus the signed numeric operand.

These notes document CLISP version 2.49 | Last modified: 2010-07-07 |