FreeBSD Status Report January-March, 2010

Anton Shterenlikht mexas at
Thu Apr 22 16:13:31 UTC 2010

On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 03:47:32PM +0000, Daniel Gerzo wrote:
> FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report

> Clang replacing GCC in the base system
>    URL:
>    URL:
>    ml
>    Contact: Ed Schouten <ed at>
>    Contact: Roman Divacky <rdivacky at>
>    Contact: Brooks Davis <brooks at>
>    Contact: Pawel Worach <pawel.worach at>
>    Since the last status report we got to the state where we are able to
>    build all of FreeBSD (the C and C++ bits) on i386/amd64 with clang. The
>    only exception is the bootloader which does not fit within the given
>    size constraint. This is where the current efforts are going on. The
>    C++ part got a big boost now being able to compile all C++ code in
>    FreeBSD and itself.
>    We saw some movment on Mips and PowerPC. Mips got its driver
>    definitions from Oleksander Tymoshenko and Nathan Whitehorn did the
>    same for PowerPC and tested the kernel. Currently, the PPC kernel seems
>    to boot but due to lack of va_arg implementation for PowerPC nothing is
>    printed out. Nathan is working on that.
>    Overall ClangBSD is selfhosting on i386/amd64 and some progress has
>    been made on PowerPC/PPC. We also saw some contribution to the Sparc64
>    but this seems to have stalled.
>    We need people to try out ClangBSD (see the wiki) and runtime test it.
>    We also would appreciate help with other archs - namely ARM.
> Open tasks:
>     1. Runtime test ClangBSD on amd64/i386.
>     2. Help with ARM/Mips/Sparc64.
>     3. More testing of clang on 3rd party apps (ports).
>     4. Discussion on integrating LLVM/clang into FreeBSD.

what about ia64?

many thanks

Anton Shterenlikht
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