[LLVMdev] Distribution in assembler format

Samuel Crow samuraileumas at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 29 12:09:10 PST 2010

Hello Russell,

Major pitfall #1:
LLVM-GCC does certain optimizations even if all of the optimizations are turned off.  These include endian-specific optimizations so to use LLVM as a cross-architecture bitcode, you'll need to wait until Clang supports C++ fully or just stick to C programs for now.

I've been looking forward to the day that LLVM can be used for cross-architecture development, myself.

Thanks for asking,


----- Original Message ----
> From: Russell Wallace <russell.wallace at gmail.com>
> To: llvmdev at cs.uiuc.edu
> Sent: Fri, January 29, 2010 1:17:12 PM
> Subject: [LLVMdev] Distribution in assembler format
> One issue I've been looking at with regard to using LLVM as a compiler
> backend is distribution of programs, particularly on Linux where
> different distributions have different binary package formats and it
> is usual to ship programs as source rather than binary; specifically,
> I'm looking at the general case where the end user may not have (the
> correct version of) LLVM installed, so the compiler can't simply be
> run on the end user's machine.
> A solution that occurs to me is to compile as far as assembler on the
> programmer's machine, then ship the .s file (or a small number
> thereof, one per CPU architecture) and assemble it on the user's
> machine (which in most cases will have the GNU assembler installed).
> It seems to me that this ought to work; are there any pitfalls I
> should be aware of?
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