[llvm-dev] RFC: Contributing bitcode_strip

James Henderson via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Mon Aug 24 00:11:56 PDT 2020

Makes sense, thanks. +1 from me for the principle.

On Fri, 21 Aug 2020 at 20:29, Alexander Shaposhnikov <
alexander.v.shaposhnikov at gmail.com> wrote:

> Yeah, this is a very reasonable question.
> I've looked at `strip` and `bitcode_strip`,
> there is a conflict of the command line options - e.g. on OSX they both
> have "-r"
> (https://www.unix.com/man-page/osx/1/strip/ ,
> https://www.manpagez.com/man/1/bitcode_strip/) and the semantics are
> completely different.
> Some functionality (e.g. "-l") of bitcode_strip appears to be out of place
> for `strip`, thus it seems like having a separate driver would be a cleaner
> solution.
> Regarding the symlinks structure - right, the plan is to create a new
> symlink to llvm-objcopy (similarly to llvm-strip which is a symlink as well)
> and if it's invoked as `bitcode_strip` we will parse the command line
> arguments accordingly.
> Kind regards,
> Alexander Shaposhnikov
> On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 3:04 AM James Henderson <
> jh7370.2008 at my.bristol.ac.uk> wrote:
>> No issues from me in adding it, though I don't know anything about the
>> tool itself. Would it make sense to integrate this fully into llvm-strip's
>> interface (so that llvm-strip can do strip and bitcode_strip things by
>> default)? Are the two sufficiently compatible? You could then have a
>> bitcode_strip symlink when creating cctools symlinks, much like there
>> exists already for the other tools.
>> On Fri, 21 Aug 2020 at 05:03, Alexander Shaposhnikov via llvm-dev <
>> llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
>>> *bitcode_strip* is a utility which is used to manipulate (leave /
>>> remove)
>>> bitcode segments in a Mach-O file. It is a part of Apple’s cctools and
>>> it is also distributed with Xcode.
>>> The man page of the tool is available here
>>> https://www.manpagez.com/man/1/bitcode_strip/.
>>> The functionality of *bitcode_strip* naturally maps onto llvm-objcopy’s
>>> model and requires only minimal additions to it.
>>> Therefore, similarly to llvm-strip and llvm-install-name-tool *we
>>> propose adding a new driver  to llvm-objcopy (for Mach-O) with the goal to
>>> make it a drop-in replacement for cctools’ bitcode_strip*. Among other
>>> benefits this approach enables us to save space in toolchain distributions
>>> (no extra binaries added) and reuse some llvm-objcopy’s features.
>>> We already have llvm-lipo, llvm-install-name-tool, llvm-strip,
>>> llvm-libtool-darwin and llvm-bitcode-strip appears to be one of the last
>>> missing tools commonly used for Mach-O.
>>> Any feedback / comments / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
>>> Kind regards,
>>> Alexander Shaposhnikov
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