[fpc-devel] The 15k bounty: Optimizing executable speed for Linux x86 / LLVM

Ben Grasset operator97 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 27 05:45:39 CEST 2018

On Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 3:06 AM Sven Barth via fpc-devel <
fpc-devel at lists.freepascal.org> wrote:

> Simon Kissel <simon.kissel at nerdherrschaft.com> schrieb am Do., 25. Okt.
> 2018, 08:54:
>> - Complete the LLVM branch of FPC. It looks like Jonas has stopped
>>   working on it two years ago, which is a pity.
> I personally don't think that LLVM is the way to go. It's essentially a
> moving target and adds an unnecessary dependency to the compiler.

Not really. The IR format has been pretty stable since version 3.9 or so
(LLVM is current at version 8.) As far as dependencies, it would add none
whatsoever other than a copy of the LLC or LLVM-AS binaries (as in, no more
than any other target FPC supports. Just think of it as yet another
assembler format.)
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