Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Sep 2007 21:26 UTC, submitted by Chris Lattner
General Development The LLVM Project recently released a new version of their compiler, optimizer and code generators. LLVM includes a drop-in GCC-compatible C/C++ and ObjC compiler, mature optimization technology (including cross file/whole program optimization), and a highly optimizing code generator. For people who enjoy hacking on compilers and runtimes, LLVM provides libraries for implementing custom optimizers and code generators including JIT compiler support. This release is the first to provide beta GCC 4.2 compatibility as well as the new "clang" C/ObjC front-end, which provides capabilities to build source-to-source translators and many other tools.
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CLANG GNU's GCC Replacement
by Chezz on Sat 29th Sep 2007 23:56 UTC
Chezz
Member since:
2005-07-11

It would be interesting to see another compiler (NON-GNU) take on GCC. OS's like *BSD would benefit from such work.

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CaptainPinko Member since:
2005-07-21

There already is PCC. I think its the design of LLVM that makes it more newsworthy rather than being a possible replacement for GCC in BSD systems. If you haven't look at it more closely I'd recommend it.

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RE: CLANG GNU's GCC Replacement
by cyclops on Sun 30th Sep 2007 00:23 in reply to "CLANG GNU's GCC Replacement"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

..or we could look at how LLVM *compliments* GCC, Or we could focus on how open-source compilers rival *commercial proprietary* compilers, or we could look at how for 20 years that a project started by Richard Stillman has been an intregal component of BSD kernel distributions, and is set to continue for some time.

oh I forgot its much better to have another smack down over the benefits of copyleft vs permissive licenses.

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Chezz Member since:
2005-07-11

I agree with your comment but I was talking about "CLANG" not the "LLVM-GCC" part.

* added a missing word.

Edited 2007-09-30 02:06

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kwag Member since:
2006-08-31

"or we could look at how for 20 years that a project started by Richard Stillman has been an intregal component of BSD kernel distributions"

There's not a *Single* line of GNU/GPL in ANY of the *BSD kernels!
GCC simply *Compiles* the BSD sources and makes binary code.

Thanks.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

oh I forgot its much better to have another smack down over the benefits of copyleft vs permissive licenses.


Mate, its not that.

Talk to Sun, Apple and many other vendors who have tried to get patches merged which fix bone head stupid bugs - GCC maintainers refuse to merge it. There isn't a thing they can do but either absorb the extra costs of manually patching and compiling or simply stop providing GCC for their platforms - then we all suffer because of it.

GCC maintainers don't want to accept there could be some issues that need to be addresed; gcc to them is like a sacred cow; perish the thought that there are bugs and patches might get submitted by those out side the "Illuminati" and actually help develop GCC.

I just hope that if GCC developers keep messing around companies, the likes of Sun turn around and throw their weight behind LLVM.

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