[llvm-dev] [lld] Flavour option purpose
N via llvm-dev
llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Wed Nov 1 09:29:53 PDT 2017
Thank you for your answers.
Indeed, Clang is universal, but only until one needs to pass some commands to the linker which are not
automatically passed by the driver. Then we are back to the same problem.
In my opinion, it would be great if lld had a unified, GNU-like interface. Of course, if nobody else is interested,
it's probably not even worth it drafting an RFC. :(
> On 27 Oct 2017, at 01:09, James Y Knight <jyknight at google.com> wrote:
> I mean, there is such a universal driver -- it's called "clang".
> On Oct 26, 2017 5:31 PM, "Rui Ueyama via llvm-dev" <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> Martell recently added "ld64.lld" as a name for the Darwin driver.
> As to why there's no driver that provides a unified command line arguments, I can't speak for other people. But no one seems to have been interested in it enough to actually invent and implement a set of unified command line arguments.
> On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 2:20 PM, N <scandium at me.com> wrote:
> > I think using ld.lld or lld-link is preferred way over "lld -flavor gnu" or "lld -flavor link".
> -flavor seems to be still actively used in Clang… By the the way, there seems to be no special
> command name for Darwin targets, so ld.lld (incorrectly) invokes the ELF linker there
> (see https://bugs.llvm.org/show_bug.cgi?id=34792#c1)
> Regardless, I would be interested in hearing the answer to the rest of the questions.
> > On 26 Oct 2017, at 23:10, Rui Ueyama <ruiu at google.com> wrote:
> > The -flavor option exists mostly for historical reasons. I think using ld.lld or lld-link is preferred way over "lld -flavor gnu" or "lld -flavor link".
> > On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 2:06 PM, N via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > According to lld/docs/Driver.rst, Flavor command line option determines the style of lld command-line interface when invoked.
> > However, it looks like this option also determines the set of supported targets we are linking for. For example, lld -flavor gnu
> > cannot link mach-o binaries, and could not link PE binaries either (well, not until rL312926).
> > Is this really intended by the design of lld? It looks the flavours are merely legacy compatibility shims, but then why is there no
> > universal lld driver that is able to link binary for any platform using a unified CLI?
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