[LLVMdev] [lld] lld build needs to have flags that specify what flavor/targets to build ?
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Wed Oct 8 12:52:04 PDT 2014
On Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM, Alex Rosenberg <alexr at leftfield.org> wrote:
> This it totally "armchair quarterbacking," but I am a little frustrated
> that we've come to conflate flavors and targets.
> The original intent of flavors was to internally translate each flavor
> into a neutral lld-native command line syntax. We now have baked in
> assumptions of behavior based on flavor.
> If I want to cross-compile from OS X for Windows PECOFF, I don't think it
> feels correct to use a LINK.EXE command line flavor from OS X and I'd
> rather use an lld-native flavor.
What do we get by making each flavor's driver to a translator to the
"universal" lld driver? The merit is not obvious to me, while I'm sure we
would have to invent a new syntax for the unviersal driver and maintain the
Another question is that if we make such universal driver, it will support
all the options of all flavors in some way, but what combination of the
options are allowed? Some option mapping is obvious; for example --verbose
in ld and /verbose in link.exe should be mapped to the same option.
However, --entry and /entry should not be mapped to the same option,
because their semantics are slightly different. If - lazy is given, should
it be interpreted as /delayload when linking PECOFF?
We may be able to answer all the questions. But it's not clear to me what
we get from all that efforts.
> On Oct 7, 2014, at 2:22 PM, Shankar Easwaran <shankare at codeaurora.org>
> > On 10/7/2014 4:10 PM, Nick Kledzik wrote:
> >> Shankar,
> >> Can you give provide a scenario where you want this? I’m not sure what
> you want here.
> > a) LLVM could be built just for one target(LLVM_TARGETS_TO_BUILD)
> > b) With LTO this case might happen more often, where an user would have
> compiled LLVM just for one architecture and lld would support other
> architectures that LLVM would not support.
> > c) Printing all the targets/flavors that the linker currently supports.
> > On Oct 7, 2014, at 2:03 PM, Shankar Easwaran <shankare at codeaurora.org>
> >>> Hi,
> >>> I think lld needs to have an infrastructure as part of the build
> process to build specific flavors and specific targets.
> >> This sounds like you want config-time choices (e.g. build a linker to
> only support ELF/x86 such as for a JIT).
> > Yes.
> >>> For this I was thinking that the Registry expand to consider flavors
> and targets that are part of the build process.
> >>> So each flavor/target would register and the Driver would walk through
> the list of handlers to check if there is a handler defined for that
> >> This sounds like you want everything decided at runtime (e.g. all
> flavors registers all readers).
> > Yes, right.
> > Shankar Easwaran
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