DragonFly BSD
DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2011-05
[Date Prev][Date Next]  [Thread Prev][Thread Next]  [Date Index][Thread Index]

The gold linker is now in the base system

From: John Marino <dragonflybsd@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 08:26:09 +0200

Today I flipped a switch a switch which allows the gold linker to be built with world. After the next build, you'll find it located at /usr/libexec/binutils221/elf/ld.gold .

It is considered experimental at this point. Users of large C++ projects should see a large jump in compiling speed when using gold (could be up to 5x faster), so if you are a frequent builder of such a project, you might be interested to switch linkers.

For additional information:
/usr/bin/ld is objformat-linked to /usr/libexec/binutils221/elf/ld
/usr/libexec/binutils221/elf/ld is hardlinked to /usr/libexec/binutils221/ld.bfd

Gold will NOT build a usable kernel or world. The only way to attempt this is to modify to the ld.bfd and ld.gold makefiles, so you luckily can't do this accidentally. Therefore, you should be safe if you decide to change the /usr/libexec/binutils221/elf/ld hardlink to gold.

It would be great to hear about successes and failures encountered with the use of the gold linker.

-- John

[Date Prev][Date Next]  [Thread Prev][Thread Next]  [Date Index][Thread Index]