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You are reading the README for the llvm-top module of the LLVM project. This
module should be the first thing you check out when accessing the LLVM
project's subversion repository. From here all other modules are accessible
via small scripts.
You should check this module out with the following subversion command:
svn co llvm-top
Alternatively, if you have commit access, use this form:
svn co llvm-top
Once you've checked out llvm-top, you can then check out a module (and all its
dependencies) with the "get" script located here. For example:
./get llvm-gcc-4.2
which will check out both llvm and llvm-gcc-4.2 because the latter depends on
the former. You can check out any number of modules using the "get" script,
for example, like this:
./get llvm-gcc-4.2 test-suite stacker
In addition to checking out software, there are several more scripts in
llvm-top. In all the scripts, the dependency checking behavior is the same as
for the get script. That is, the script operates on the modules you ask for as
well as all the modules they depend on.
The scripts available are:
get - check out modules and their dependencies from subversion
info - get subversion information about one or more modules
update - update one or more modules
options - specify options once that are "sticky" for all scripts.
build - configure, compile and link one or more modules
install - install one or more modules (presumes build already done)
clean - clean (remove build products) one or more modules
The first four scripts just work with subversion or llvm-top itself. The last
three scripts implement an easier method for building, isntalling and cleaning
the LLVM modules themselves. However, these three do not dictate how to build,
install or clean the modules; that is up to the modules themselves. The only
thing these scripts depend on is a file named ModuleInfo.txt located in each
module's top directory. This file can contain the following definitions:
DepModule: - the list of modules this module depends on
BuildCmd: - a command to build (and configure) the module
InstallCmd: - a command to install the module
CleanCmd: - a command to clean the module
The scripts in llvm-top determine dependencies based on the DepModule lines of
the various modules. This is how it knows which modules need to be checked out
and what order to build them in. The three definitions ending in "Cmd" specify
commands to be run. They are used by the build, install and clean scripts,
respectively. Modules are free to specify whatever command is appropriate to
build, install or clean that module.
Each of these scripts uses a common library of shell functions ( to
ensure their function is regular. In particular, they all accept the same set
of arguments. The arguments recognized are listed below in the order they
are recognized by the scripts:
This controls how verbose the scripts are in their output. The default
level is 0 which produces no output unless there's an error. At level 1
you'll get basic confirmation of the action taken. At level 2 you'll get
a dialogue of the individual steps taken by the script and verbose
output from anything it runs. At level 3 you'll get full diagnostics
messages (generally only useful for implementers of these scripts).
This is the prefix directory for installation. It is the expected final
location for installation of the software.
Specify the directory above where the install prefix will install. This
is handy for package maintainers. You can set PREFIX=/usr/bin but then
you don't actually want it installed there! So, specify DESTDIR=/tmp and
it would actually get installed in /tmp/usr/bin.
This allows you to override the location of the llvm-top directory.
Any options matching these patterns are collected and passed down to the
build, install or clean commands.
This is equivalent to specifying all modules in the LLVM subversion
repository. Careful! All the scripts will check out EVERYTHING in the
Any option not matching something above and starting with a letter
specifies a module name to work on.
Anything else is an error.
All the scripts need some (minimal) set of modules to work on. You have three
choices on the command line:
1. Don't specify any modules - the script will work with the currently
checked out set of modules.
2. Specify the modules you want, by name - generally you only have to
specify the one or two at the top of the dependency graph.
3. Specify "all" - all modules will be checked out (careful!)
So, for example, consider:
./build llvm-gcc-4.2 ENABLE_OPTIMIZED=1 PREFIX=/my/install/dir VERBOSE=1
As you might guess, this will do the following:
1. Check out the llvm-gcc-4.2 module
2. Check out the core module because llvm-gcc-4.2 depends on core
3. Check out the support module because core depends on support
4. Build the support module in optimized mode and configure it to install
into /my/install/dir
5. Build the core module the same way.
6. Build the llvm-gcc-4.2 module the same way.
7. Do all of the above with some simple progress messages.
The modules available are:
llvm-top - This directory
sample - A sample module you can use as a template for your own
support - The support libraries, makefile system, etc.
core - The core llvm software (currently "llvm")
llvm-gcc-4.0 - The C/C++/Obj-C front end for llvm, based on GCC 4.0
llvm-gcc-4.2 - The C/C++/Obj-C front end for llvm, based on GCC 4.2
cfe - The new C/C++/Obj-C front end for llvm
test-suite - The llvm test suite
stacker - The stacker front end (a 'Forth-like' language)
hlvm - High Level Virtual Machine (nascent)
java - Java Front End (unfinished, out of date)
poolalloc - The pooled allocator from Chris Lattner's thesis
Some Other Useful URLS
Please use the following URLs to discover more about the LLVM project and its
software modules. You can copy and paste these URLs into your browser.
Main web site for the project with access to each module's documentation.
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Documentation for the main llvm sub-project.
Browse the latest revision of the source code in plain text (no frills).
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