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Issue 7678: Added -cflag=ccflags switch. #794

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This allows arguments to be passed to the C compiler being used to drive linking.

I've also opened issue 7678 for this. (

I was prompted to make this patch because of issue 5278 remaining unresolved. (


Adding more flags makes me nervous. I keep thinking there must be a better solution.


Well, -L is already entirely linker-dependent. Does it really matter if we add a switch to pass flags to the C compiler which are compiler-specific? I totally understand your concern, but we already have to special-case anyway, and I very much doubt we can create sensible wrapper options around all supported C compilers on all platforms.


The only reason we're using the compiler driver for linking instead of a linker is to select appropriate libc link parameters. Now there are only few C compiler options that affect the selected libc like -static or -fpie. All of those should be mappable to equivalent D compiler options because the linkage model is the same.
So I think it makes more sense to implement a -fPIE switch or interpreting -fPIC for executables as meaning -fPIE.
The implementation would consist of -fPIC + pass -fPIE to gcc + ?.

If that isn't feasible for now I would opt for detecting a default PIE compiler driver or simply hardcode fno-pie


I'm not an expert in this so I'll assign to @WalterBright.

@WalterBright WalterBright was assigned

I'll close this for now. As stated above we can achieve the particular fPIE fix by different means.

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Commits on Mar 10, 2012
  1. @chadjoan

    Added -cflag=ccflags switch. This allows arguments to be passed to th…

    chadjoan committed
    …e C compiler being used to drive linking.
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  1. +6 −1 src/link.c
  2. +12 −2 src/mars.c
  3. +10 −0 src/mars.h
7 src/link.c
@@ -223,7 +223,7 @@ int runLINK()
delete lnkfilename;
return status;
-#elif linux || __APPLE__ || __FreeBSD__ || __OpenBSD__ || __sun&&__SVR4
pid_t childpid;
int i;
int status;
@@ -342,6 +342,11 @@ int runLINK()
argv.push((char *)"-Xlinker");
+ for (size_t i = 0; i < global.params.ccswitches->dim; i++)
+ { char *p = global.params.ccswitches->tdata()[i];
+ argv.push(p);
+ }
/* Add each library, prefixing it with "-l".
* The order of libraries passed is:
14 src/mars.c
@@ -314,8 +314,11 @@ Usage:\n\
files.d D source files\n\
@cmdfile read arguments from cmdfile\n\
-c do not link\n\
- -cov do code coverage analysis\n\
- -D generate documentation\n\
+ -cov do code coverage analysis\n"
+" -cflag=ccflag pass ccflag to the C compiler being used to drive linking\n"
+" -D generate documentation\n\
-Dddocdir write documentation file to docdir directory\n\
-Dffilename write documentation file to filename\n\
-d allow deprecated features\n\
@@ -438,6 +441,7 @@ int tryMain(int argc, char *argv[])
global.params.quiet = 1;
global.params.linkswitches = new Strings();
+ global.params.ccswitches = new Strings();
global.params.libfiles = new Strings();
global.params.objfiles = new Strings();
global.params.ddocfiles = new Strings();
@@ -777,6 +781,12 @@ int tryMain(int argc, char *argv[])
global.params.linkswitches->push(p + 2);
+ else if (memcmp(p + 1, "cflag=", 6) == 0)
+ {
+ global.params.ccswitches->push(p + 1 + 6);
+ }
else if (memcmp(p + 1, "defaultlib=", 11) == 0)
global.params.defaultlibname = p + 1 + 11;
10 src/mars.h
@@ -122,6 +122,15 @@ void unittests();
+// On these systems the C Compiler is used to drive linking.
+// The compiler is chosen using the ${CC} environment variable, but if that is
+// not provided it will default to gcc.
+#if linux || __APPLE__ || __FreeBSD__ || __OpenBSD__ || __sun&&__SVR4
struct OutBuffer;
@@ -230,6 +239,7 @@ struct Param
// Linker stuff
Strings *objfiles;
Strings *linkswitches;
+ Strings *ccswitches;
Strings *libfiles;
char *deffile;
char *resfile;
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