X86_mscoff / x86_64 as default for dub projects (windows)
noone at nowhere.com
Thu Dec 6 19:56:56 UTC 2018
On Thursday, 6 December 2018 at 17:58:17 UTC, Andre Pany wrote:
> This is mostly interesting for windows developers. What is your
> opinion of switching to architecture x86_mscoff or x86_64 as
> default on windows?
> To be pretty clear, you still can compile to x86 OMF by setting
> the default architecture either in settings.json or as command
> line argument. The proposal is just to set another default.
I also think this is long overdue - but I wouldn't change dub's
defaults, but DMD's instead (something like `-m32` on Windows
meaning `-m32mscoff`, and a new `-m32omf` switch). It's a
breaking change, but definitely worth it IMO. Besides optlink
bugs and limitations, and the executable unfortunately being
named `link.exe` and so conflicting with the MS one (and people
running into problems when using LDC, depending on their PATH), I
see the primary drawback in that probably > 99.9% of 3rd-party
libraries out there are in COFF format (I haven't heard of that
old OMF format from DOS times before playing with DMD).
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