This document is intended to explain the process of building the LLVM C/C++ front-end, based on GCC 3.4, from its source code. You would have to do this, for example, if you are porting LLVM to a new architecture or operating system.
NOTE: This is currently a somewhat fragile, error-prone process, and you should only try to do it if:
We welcome patches to help make this process simpler.
If you are building LLVM and the C front-end under Cygwin, please note that the LLVM and GCC makefiles do not correctly handle spaces in paths. To deal with this issue, make sure that your LLVM and GCC source and build trees are located in a top-level directory (like /cygdrive/c/llvm and /cygdrive/c/llvm-cfrontend), not in a directory that contains a space (which includes your "home directory", because it lives under the "Documents and Settings" directory). We welcome patches to fix this issue.
Configure and build the LLVM libraries and tools using:
% cd llvm % ./configure [options...] % gmake
This will build all of the LLVM tools and libraries, but you will see warnings about missing the C front-end (certain runtime libraries can't be built without it). Ignore these warnings for now.
Add the directory containing the tools to your PATH.
% set path = ( `cd llvm/tools/Debug && pwd` $path )
Unpack the C/C++ front-end source into cfrontend/src.
Make "build" and "install" directories as siblings of the "src" tree.
% pwd /usr/local/example/cfrontend/src % cd .. % mkdir build install % set CFEINSTALL = `pwd`/install
Configure, build, and install the C front-end:
MacOS X/PowerPC (requires dlcompat library):
% cd build % ../src/configure --prefix=$CFEINSTALL --disable-threads --disable-nls --disable-shared \ --enable-languages=c,c++ % gmake % setenv LLVM_LIB_SEARCH_PATH `pwd`/gcc % gmake all; gmake install
% cd build % ../src/configure --prefix=$CFEINSTALL --disable-threads --disable-nls --disable-shared \ --enable-languages=c,c++ --disable-c-mbchar % gmake % setenv LLVM_LIB_SEARCH_PATH `pwd`/gcc % gmake all; gmake install
For Solaris/SPARC, LLVM only supports the SPARC V9. Therefore, the configure command line should specify sparcv9, as shown below. Also, note that Solaris has trouble with various wide (multibyte) character functions from C as referenced from C++, so we typically configure with --disable-c-mbchar (cf. Bug 206).
% cd build % ../src/configure --prefix=$CFEINSTALL --disable-threads --disable-nls \ --disable-shared --enable-languages=c,c++ --host=sparcv9-sun-solaris2.8 \ --disable-c-mbchar % gmake % setenv LLVM_LIB_SEARCH_PATH `pwd`/gcc % gmake all; gmake install
Common Problem: You may get error messages regarding the fact that LLVM does not support inline assembly. Here are two common fixes:
Fix 1: If you have system header files that include
inline assembly, you may have to modify them to remove the inline
assembly, and install the modified versions in
src/libstdc++-v3/config/cpu/name-of-cpu/atomicity.hand apply a patch so that it does not use inline assembly.
Porting to a new architecture: If you are porting the new front-end to a new architecture, or compiling in a different configuration that we have previously, there are probably several changes you will have to make to the GCC target to get it to work correctly. These include:
Go back into the LLVM source tree proper. Rerun configure, using
--with-llvmgccdir=$CFEINSTALL option to specify the path
to the newly built C front-end.
If you edited header files during the C/C++ front-end build as
described in "Fix 1" above, you must now copy those header files from
(This should be the "include" directory in the same directory as the
libgcc.a library, which you can find by running
Rebuild your CVS tree. This shouldn't cause the whole thing to be rebuilt, but it should build the runtime libraries. After the tree is built, install the runtime libraries into your C front-end build tree. These are the commands you need.
% gmake % mkdir $CFEINSTALL/bytecode-libs % gmake -C runtime install-bytecode % setenv LLVM_LIB_SEARCH_PATH $CFEINSTALL/bytecode-libs
Test the newly-installed C frontend by one or more of the following means:
gmake -C test/Programs
The LLVM GCC frontend is licensed to you under the GNU General Public License and the GNU Lesser General Public License. Please see the files COPYING and COPYING.LIB for more details.
The software also has the following additional copyrights:
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