Add targets for release binaries? (1.3+)

Adrian Matoga via digitalmars-d-ldc digitalmars-d-ldc at
Fri May 5 01:52:48 PDT 2017

On Sunday, 30 April 2017 at 15:44:50 UTC, David Nadlinger wrote:
> On 28 Apr 2017, at 9:23, Adrian Matoga via digitalmars-d-ldc 
> wrote:
>> Moreover, "ARM" alone doesn't mean anything in this context. 
>> The sheer number of platforms using different ABIs, 
>> architecture versions, library versions and configurations 
>> makes it virtually impossible to even build druntime and 
>> Phobos in a way that they could later be at least linked 
>> correctly for all ARM-based platforms.
>> That being said, having binary packages that work 
>> out-of-the-box for a few popular targets, such as Raspbian, 
>> Android and OS X, wouldn't be a bad thing.
> True. But as you mention, there are a couple of popular 
> targets. For example, Debian/Ubuntu/Fedora/Arch/… all have an 
> armhf distribution which targets ARMv7 without NEON. A binary 
> package for that would already cover a huge portion of people 
> just looking to try out LDC on their ARM dev board. (RP1 is of 
> course its own thing, unfortunately.)

Yeah, GDC has a binary release for cross-compiling to armhf, 
which works well for RPi (including v1) out of the box. It's 
really a huge time saver.

What I miss the most in LDC is the ability to build and use 
druntime/Phobos for different targets (including subtargets, e.g. 
different ARM architecture versions and ABIs) with the same 
compiler. I'd like to add it myself, but I don't really know 
where to start. Perhaps it's an idea to be discussed at this 
DConf's hackathon.

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