[cfe-dev] [RFC] Recognize -fuse-ld={bfd, gold, lld} but don't prepend "ld." or "ld64." for other values

Fangrui Song via cfe-dev cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue Jun 16 15:24:41 PDT 2020

On 2020-06-03, Fangrui Song wrote:
>On 2020-06-03, David Chisnall via cfe-dev wrote:
>>On 02/06/2020 19:47, Fangrui Song via cfe-dev wrote:
>>>If they use a relative path, they can't be benefiting from ld. prefix
>>This depends on how they specify the path.  If they specify a path 
>>for the linker via -fuse-ld, they don't get the prefix.  Most 
>>cross-compile toolchains that I've seen don't do that.  Instead, 
>>they use -B to specify a path to find *all* of the tools and then 
>>use -fuse-ld={lld,gold,bfd,proprietary linker's name}.
>>That is the use case I'm concerned about breaking.  The behaviour of 
>>-B is to prepend a search path, but still fall back to the default 
>>paths if a tool is not found there.  For example, if I have:
>>If I run:
>>$ clang -B /my/custom/sdk/bin/ -fuse-ld=lld ...
>>Today, I will run my cross-compile toolchain's linker.  With your 
>>proposed change, I will run my system LLD install.  As a user, I 
>>will see very confusing error messages from the system linker if it 
>>can't handle my cross-compile target.  Worse, I may see a binary 
>>linked with a linker that defaults to a different linker script, but 
>>still produces some output.
>-fuse-ld={bfd,gold,lld} is compatible with the previous behavior.
>Do you propose that:
>* -fuse-ld={bfd,gold.lld} should find "ld.{bfd,gold,lld}" in COMPILER_PATH
>* all -fuse-ld=word should find "word" in COMPILER_PATH
>* -fuse-ld=relative/path should find "relative/path" in PATH?


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