Clang: now available from a SVN server near you!
erik at cederstrand.dk
Thu Jun 4 12:36:00 UTC 2009
Den 04/06/2009 kl. 11.38 skrev Ed Schouten:
> You can now build your very own version of FreeBSD with Clang
> as /usr/bin/cc as follows:
Thanks for your hard work, Ed. This is great news!
You might want to mention that a few parts are still GCC-compiled due
to bugs in Clang ( see http://wiki.freebsd.org/
BuildingFreeBSDWithClang). Also, it's very encouraging that the ports
run you did with Erwin (http://lists.cs.uiuc.edu/pipermail/cfe-dev/2009-June/005274.html
) compiles over 7000 ports with Clang.
I've asked in the Clang list, but I'd like an opinion from FreeBSD
folks, too: Clang supports LTO (http://llvm.org/docs/LinkTimeOptimization.html
), which has a potential for performance improvements. It doesn't work
on FreeBSD because the linker we have (in binutils) doesn't know about
the libLTO that LLVM provides. There's a new linker from GNU called
Gold, but as far as I know it's GPLv3 licensed and therefore
undesirable at least to have in base. LLVM provides a linker (http://llvm.org/cmds/llvm-ld.html
) but "it doesn't interact correctly with conventional nm/ar/etc" (http://lists.cs.uiuc.edu/pipermail/cfe-dev/2009-June/005296.html
). There's the ELF toolchain project (elftoolchain.sourceforge.net/)
but a BSD-licensed ld hasn't been developed yet.
What would be the best way to get LTO to work on FreeBSD?
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