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Mips Interpreter

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Dashmips is a Mips Interpreter CLI Program.


Dashmips has no dependencies beyond requiring python 3.7. There is a dataclasses module for python 3.6 that may make this module work but it is untested.


The recommended way to install dashmips is with pip:

pip install dashmips


If you installed via pip you should now have a binary in your path that you can launch by typing:


or equivalently

python -m dashmips


dashmips run FILE.mips

Note: FILE is a positional argument in the run subcommand


In order to leave a flexible environment for debugging dashmips doesn't provide an interface for human debugging of a mips program. Instead the debugger included is a server that accepts the json format of a mips program over the network and will do the requested operations returning an updated MipsProgram json object.

There is a vscode extension that can speak dashmips specific json language here.

Debugger Protocol

The dashmips process loads the program from a file and opens a websocket. The supported commands can be found in dashmips/ as functions prepended with debug_. The protocol loosely follows JSONRPC for the sake of quick development iteration it is not compliant however this could be easily remedied in a future release.


Getting Setup

If you want to contribute to the dashmips project you will need the following:

  • Poetry is used for dependencies, it will help get you up and running
  • After installing Poetry, and cloning this repository:
  • poetry install - will install the dashmips dependencies in a virtual environment that won't harm your global set up.
  • poetry run X - can run X command in the correct python environment
  • Try poetry run pytest --tap-stream --tap-outdir=testout --mypy --docstyle --codestyle to ensure all tests are passing correctly

Adding Syscalls / Adding Instructions

You can add to the existing files in the dashmips/instructions and dashmips/syscalls directories using the relevant decorator (@). If you add instructions or syscalls to a new file in these subdirectories ensure that the new file is named with the pattern: * or * where * is whatever identifier you choose.

Testing environment install

To make sure dashmips installs correctly in a clean environment I've created a dockerfile that sets up the minimal required env for dashmips. The command below can be used to create the image.

docker build --rm -f "tests\test_env\Dockerfile" -t dashmips_test_env:latest .

Happy coding!

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