Alternatives to gcc (was Re: gcc 4.3: when will it become standardcompiler?)

Sean C. Farley scf at
Thu Jan 15 08:06:17 PST 2009

On Thu, 15 Jan 2009, Pegasus Mc Cleaft wrote:


> I dont know clang, llvm, pcc, etc. very well, but.. Would this solve 
> our problem where we will still need an assembler, linker, archiver, 
> et al?

For assembler, Yasm looks like a possibility, but I have only glanced at 
it.  I think pcc can use it.  There is also Fasm.  Both are 
BSD-licensed.  Actually, Yasm is mostly BSD-licensed.  It depends on the 
bitvect library which is Artistic/GPL/LGPG-licensed.  Yasm may support 
more platforms, and it does accept Gas syntax.

For an archiver, what about tar (bsdtar)?  tar tf /usr/lib/libc.a works 
for me.  :)  Actually, there is some development[1] to replace those 
utilities with BSD-licensed versions.  ar has already been replaced in 

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