LLVM 5.0.0 Release Notes

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Introduction

This document contains the release notes for the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, release 5.0.0. Here we describe the status of LLVM, including major improvements from the previous release, improvements in various subprojects of LLVM, and some of the current users of the code. All LLVM releases may be downloaded from the LLVM releases web site.

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Non-comprehensive list of changes in this release

  • LLVM’s WeakVH has been renamed to WeakTrackingVH and a new WeakVH has been introduced. The new WeakVH nulls itself out on deletion, but does not track values across RAUW.
  • A new library named BinaryFormat has been created which holds a collection of code which previously lived in Support. This includes the file_magic structure and identify_magic functions, as well as all the structure and type definitions for DWARF, ELF, COFF, WASM, and MachO file formats.
  • The tool llvm-pdbdump has been renamed llvm-pdbutil to better reflect its nature as a general purpose PDB manipulation / diagnostics tool that does more than just dumping contents.
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Additional Information

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