Clang - what is the story?

Roland Smith rsmith at
Sun Jan 22 20:33:34 UTC 2012

On Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 05:37:48AM -0700, Chad Perrin wrote:

> PCC (Portable C Compiler), meanwhile, spent many years essentially unused

PCC is only a C compiler, and there is some C++ code (e.g. groff) in the base
system. The FreeBSD port is marked as i386 and amd64 only, even though other
architectures seem to be there in the PCC source.

> actually know that for sure -- is The Amsterdam Compiler Kit, sometimes

According to [], the ACK doesn't support
all architectures that FreeBSD does. Nor does it list FreeBSD as a supported

Personally I think it is a good thing to have different C compilers. In the
past I've installed pcc just to see if my programs compiled OK. Now I tend to
use clang for that. It does a great job of identifying programming errors.

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