Portable Common Tool Environment (PCTE)
- Abstract Specification
4th edition (December 1997)
This Ecma Standard specifies PCTE in abstract, programming-language-independent,
terms. It specifies the interface supported by any conforming
implementation as a set of abstract operation specifications,
together with the types of their parameters and results. It is
supported by a number of standard bindings, i.e. representations
of the interface in standard programming languages.
The scope of this Ecma Standard is restricted to a single PCTE
installation. It does not specify the means of communication between
PCTE installations, nor between a PCTE installation and another
A number of features are not completely defined in this Ecma
Standard, some freedom being allowed to the implementor.
Some of these are implementation limits, for which constraints
are defined (see clause 24). The other implementation-dependent
and implementation-defined features are specified in the appropriate
places in this Standard.
PCTE is an interface to a set of facilities that forms the basis
for constructing environments supporting systems engineering projects.
These facilities are designed particularly to provide an infrastructure
for programs which may be part of such environments. Such
programs, which are used as aids to systems development, are often
referred to as tools.
This Ecma Standard also includes (in annex B) a language standard
for the PCTE Data Description Language (DDL), suitable for writing
PCTE schema definition sets.
The following file can be freely downloaded:
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This Ecma publication is also approved as ISO/IEC 13719-1.
The previous replaced "historical" editions of this Ecma Standard are not available.