[llvm-dev] Supporting sub commands in LLVM command line tools

Mehdi Amini via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Fri Jun 17 18:58:22 PDT 2016


I haven't looked at the implementation, but conceptually this looks nice!

We talked internally about an option to build something like a single "llvm" binary that would be symlinked by opt/llc/etc. So that when you invoke `opt`, it would run the same binary but internally the right subcommand set of options would be used. The downside is that running `ninja llvm-mc` would depends on every LLVM libraries though.

This is a bit orthogonal to what you’re doing, but I assume your patch would help to build such an option right?


> On Jun 17, 2016, at 5:00 PM, Zachary Turner via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've written a patch <http://reviews.llvm.org/D21485> to support subcommands in llvm command line tools.  This potentially has broad interest (either positive or negative), so I figured I'd give a heads up here instead of just on llvm-commits.
> The motivation for this is that we frequently have tools with incompatible sets of command line options.  I ran into this on llvm-pdbdump and was debating breaking off some of the functionality into a separate tool to make the command line interface more sensible, and to prevent people getting confused about which options could be used with which other options.
> A better approach to this, in my opinion, is the use of sub commands.  This way all the options that can be used together are grouped together, and you simply can't specify incompatible options at the same time.
> There is more information in the patch, including some examples of what it looks like, so if you're interested in this or have a strong opinion one way or the other, let me know.
> Note that this is an **opt in** feature, and if you continue using cl::opt as you always have, this change should be invisible to you.
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