9.3 to 10.2 migration, determining if clang is used

Patrick Powell papowell at astart.com
Tue Oct 13 18:35:03 UTC 2015

I just started doing a 9.3 to 10.2 migration of a bunch of applications 
and discovered that some of the options used
to generate the applications were slightly different.   I just know that 
this has been covered before,  but I could not
find a definitive method or set of methods to use to determine if the 
old GCC compiler or the new CLANG compiler
is being used.   Could the ports wizards (and/or autoconf experts) help 
me a bit?

(Aside:  the clang compiler diagnostics and warnings are very thorough 
and quite clear.  Nicely done, especially
the addition of the information about the flag to turn this warning 
off.  I also like the pragmas to
control warnings and the push/pop pragma facility.  This may have been 
in the GCC compiler but I missed it.)

1. If the application is to be generated via the PORT infrastructure,  
what do you
     put in the port Makefile to determine if CLANG (10.2) or GCC (9.3) 
is being used?

    Something like below.  Note: the examples below are a bit contrived, 
but the idea is to set
    some MAKE variable to different values depending on CLANG or GCC in use.

    .if defined(CC_IS_CLANG)
    MYFLAGS+= -Wall -Werror -Wno-error=unused
    .if defined(CC_IS_GCC)
    MYFLAGS+= -Wall -Werror -Wno-unused

2.  A simple test for configure that checks the for the CLANG compiler:

     # Check for programs
     # we may need to add this to the configure macro set?
     if test "$ac_cv_using_clang" = yes; then
       CFLAGS="$CFLAGS -Wall -Werror -Wno-error=unused"
      if test "$ac_cv_c_compiler_gnu" = yes; then
        CFLAGS="$CFLAGS -Wall -Werror -Wno-unused"

    It could even be something simpler if the AC_PROG_CC configure macro 
sets, for example,
    the $ac_gcc_version shell variable with a value that indicates CLANG 
in use then the following
    would be useful:

    if test "$ac_gcc_version" -gt 999  ; then

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