gdc man page

gdc — A GCC-based compiler for the D language

Synopsis

gdc [-c|-S] [-g] [-pg]
   [-Olevel] [-Wwarn...]
   [-Idir...] [-Ldir...]
   [-foption...] [-mmachine-option...]
   [-o outfile] [@file] infile...

Only the most useful options are listed here; see below for the remainder.

Description

The gdc command is the GNU compiler for the D language and supports many of the same options as gcc.   This manual only documents the options specific to gdc.

Options

Input and Output files

For any given input file, the file name suffix determines what kind of compilation is done.  The following kinds of input file names are supported:

file.d

D source files.

file.dd

Ddoc source files.

file.di

D interface files.

You can specify more than one input file on the gdc command line, each being compiled separately in the compilation process.  If you specify a -o file option, all the input files are compiled together, producing a single output file, named file.  This is allowed even when using -S or -c.

A D interface file contains only what an import of the module needs, rather than the whole implementation of that module.  They can be created by gdc from a D source file by using the -H option. When the compiler resolves an import declaration, it searches for matching .di files first, then for .d.

A Ddoc source file contains code in the D macro processor language.  It is primarily designed for use in producing user documentation from embedded comments, with a slight affinity towards HTML generation.  If a .d source file starts with the string Ddoc then it is treated as general purpose documentation, not as a D source file.

Runtime Options

These options affect the runtime behavior of programs compiled with gdc.

-fall-instantiations

Generate code for all template instantiations.  The default template emission strategy is to not generate code for declarations that were either instantiated speculatively, such as from __traits(compiles, ...), or that come from an imported module not being compiled.

-fno-assert

Turn off code generation for assert contracts.

-fno-bounds-check

Turns off array bounds checking for all functions, which can improve performance for code that uses arrays extensively.  Note that this can result in unpredictable behavior if the code in question actually does violate array bounds constraints.  It is safe to use this option if you are sure that your code never throws a RangeError.

-fbounds-check=value

An alternative to -fbounds-check that allows more control as to where bounds checking is turned on or off.  The following values are supported:

on

Turns on array bounds checking for all functions.

safeonly

Turns on array bounds checking only for @safe functions.

off

Turns off array bounds checking completely.

-fno-builtin

Don't recognize built-in functions unless they begin with the prefix __builtin_.  By default, the compiler will recognize when a function in the core.stdc package is a built-in function.

-fdebug
-fdebug=value

Turn on compilation of conditional debug code into the program. The -fdebug option itself sets the debug level to 1, while -fdebug= enables debug code that are identified by any of the following values:

level

Sets the debug level to level, any debug code <= level is compiled into the program.

ident

Turns on compilation of any debug code identified by ident.

-fno-druntime

Implements <https://dlang.org/spec/betterc.html>.  Assumes that compilation targets an environment without a D runtime library.

This is equivalent to compiling with the following options:

        gdc -nophoboslib -fno-exceptions -fno-moduleinfo -fno-rtti
-fno-invariants

Turns off code generation for class invariant contracts.

-fno-moduleinfo

Turns off generation of the ModuleInfo and related functions that would become unreferenced without it, which may allow linking to programs not written in D.  Functions that are not be generated include module constructors and destructors (static this and static ~this), unittest code, and DSO registry functions for dynamically linked code.

-fonly=filename

Tells the compiler to parse and run semantic analysis on all modules on the command line, but only generate code for the module specified by filename.

-fno-postconditions

Turns off code generation for postcondition out contracts.

-fno-preconditions

Turns off code generation for precondition in contracts.

-frelease

Turns on compiling in release mode, which means not emitting runtime checks for contracts and asserts.  Array bounds checking is not done for @system and @trusted functions, and assertion failures are undefined behavior.

This is equivalent to compiling with the following options:

        gdc -fno-assert -fbounds-check=safe -fno-invariants \
            -fno-postconditions -fno-preconditions -fno-switch-errors
-fno-rtti

Turns off generation of run-time type information for all user defined types. Any code that uses features of the language that require access to this information will result in an error.

-fno-switch-errors

This option controls what code is generated when no case is matched in a final switch statement.  The default run time behavior is to throw a SwitchError.  Turning off -fswitch-errors means that instead the execution of the program is immediately halted.

-funittest

Turns on compilation of unittest code, and turns on the version(unittest) identifier.  This implies -fassert.

-fversion=value

Turns on compilation of conditional version code into the program identified by any of the following values:

level

Sets the version level to level, any version code >= level is compiled into the program.

ident

Turns on compilation of version code identified by ident.

-fno-weak

Turns off emission of instantiated declarations that can be defined in multiple objects as weak or one-only symbols.  The default is to emit all public symbols as weak, unless the target lacks support for weak symbols.  Disabling this option means that common symbols are instead put in COMDAT or become private.

Code Generation

In addition to the many gcc options controlling code generation, gdc has several options specific to itself.

-H

Generates D interface files for all modules being compiled.  The compiler determines the output file based on the name of the input file, removes any directory components and suffix, and applies the .di suffix.

-Hd dir

Same as -H, but writes interface files to directory dir. This option can be used with -Hf file to independently set the output file and directory path.

-Hf file

Same as -H but writes interface files to file.  This option can be used with -Hd dir to independently set the output file and directory path.

-M

Output the module dependencies of all source files being compiled in a format suitable for make.  The compiler outputs one make rule containing the object file name for that source file, a colon, and the names of all imported files.

-MM

Like -M but does not mention imported modules from the D standard library package directories.

-MF file

When used with -M or -MM, specifies a file to write the dependencies to.  When used with the driver options -MD or -MMD, -MF overrides the default dependency output file.

-MG

This option is for compatibility with gcc, and is ignored by the compiler.

-MP

Outputs a phony target for each dependency other than the modules being compiled, causing each to depend on nothing.

-MT target

Change the target of the rule emitted by dependency generation to be exactly the string you specify.  If you want multiple targets, you can specify them as a single argument to -MT, or use multiple -MT options.

-MQ target

Same as -MT, but it quotes any characters which are special to make.

-MD

This option is equivalent to -M -MF file.  The driver determines file by removing any directory components and suffix from the input file, and then adding a .deps suffix.

-MMD

Like -MD but does not mention imported modules from the D standard library package directories.

-X

Output information describing the contents of all source files being compiled in JSON format to a file.  The driver determines file by removing any directory components and suffix from the input file, and then adding a .json suffix.

-Xf file

Same as -X, but writes all JSON contents to the specified file.

-fdoc

Generates Ddoc documentation and writes it to a file.  The compiler determines file by removing any directory components and suffix from the input file, and then adding a .html suffix.

-fdoc-dir=dir

Same as -fdoc, but writes documentation to directory dir. This option can be used with -fdoc-file=file to independently set the output file and directory path.

-fdoc-file=file

Same as -fdoc, but writes documentation to file.  This option can be used with -fdoc-dir=dir to independently set the output file and directory path.

-fdoc-inc=file

Specify file as a Ddoc macro file to be read.  Multiple -fdoc-inc options can be used, and files are read and processed in the same order.

Warnings

Warnings are diagnostic messages that report constructions that are not inherently erroneous but that are risky or suggest there is likely to be a bug in the program.  Unless -Werror is specified, they do not prevent compilation of the program.

-Wall

Turns on all warnings messages.  Warnings are not a defined part of the D language, and all constructs for which this may generate a warning message are valid code.

-Walloca

This option warns on all uses of “alloca” in the source.

-Walloca-larger-than=n

Warn on unbounded uses of alloca, and on bounded uses of alloca whose bound can be larger than n bytes. -Wno-alloca-larger-than disables -Walloca-larger-than warning and is equivalent to -Walloca-larger-than=SIZE_MAX or larger.

-Wcast-result

Warn about casts that will produce a null or zero result.  Currently this is only done for casting between an imaginary and non-imaginary data type, or casting between a D and C++ class.

-Wno-deprecated

Do not warn about usage of deprecated features and symbols with deprecated attributes.

-Werror

Turns all warnings into errors.

-Wspeculative

List all error messages from speculative compiles, such as __traits(compiles, ...).  This option does not report messages as warnings, and these messages therefore never become errors when the -Werror option is also used.

-Wtemplates

Warn when a template instantiation is encountered.  Some coding rules disallow templates, and this may be used to enforce that rule.

-Wunknown-pragmas

Warn when a pragma() is encountered that is not understood by gdc.  This differs from -fignore-unknown-pragmas where a pragma that is part of the D language, but not implemented by the compiler, won't get reported.

-fignore-unknown-pragmas

Turns off errors for unsupported pragmas.

-fmax-errors=n

Limits the maximum number of error messages to n, at which point gdc bails out rather than attempting to continue processing the source code.  If n is 0 (the default), there is no limit on the number of error messages produced.

-fsyntax-only

Check the code for syntax errors, but do not actually compile it.  This can be used in conjunction with -fdoc or -H to generate files for each module present on the command-line, but no other output file.

-ftransition=id

Report additional information about D language changes identified by id.  The following values are supported:

all

List information on all language changes.

checkimports

Give deprecation messages about -ftransition=import anomalies.

complex

List all usages of complex or imaginary types.

dip1000

Implements <http://wiki.dlang.org/DIP1000> (experimental).

dip25

Implements <http://wiki.dlang.org/DIP25> (experimental).

field

List all non-mutable fields which occupy an object instance.

import

Tells the compiler to revert to using an old lookup behavior for resolving unqualified symbol names, where this was done in a single pass, ignoring any protection attributes.  The default name lookup strategy is to use two passes, the first ignoring imported declarations, and the second only looking at imports.  The protection (private, package, protected) of symbols is also enforced to resolve any conflicts between private and public symbols.

nogc

List all hidden GC allocations.

tls

List all variables going into thread local storage.

Options for Linking

These options come into play when the compiler links object files into an executable output file.  They are meaningless if the compiler is not doing a link step.

-defaultlib libname

Specify the library to use instead of libphobos when linking.  Options specifying the linkage of libphobos, such as -static-libphobos or -shared-libphobos, are ignored.

-debuglib

Specify the debug library to use instead of libphobos when linking. This option has no effect unless the -g option was also given on the command line.  Options specifying the linkage of libphobos, such as -static-libphobos or -shared-libphobos, are ignored.

-nophoboslib

Do not use the Phobos or D runtime library when linking.  Options specifying the linkage of libphobos, such as -static-libphobos or -shared-libphobos, are ignored.  The standard system libraries are used normally, unless -nostdlib or -nodefaultlibs is used.

-shared-libphobos

On systems that provide libgphobos and libgdruntime as a shared and a static library, this option forces the use of the shared version.  If no shared version was built when the compiler was configured, this option has no effect.

-static-libphobos

On systems that provide libgphobos and libgdruntime as a shared and a static library, this option forces the use of the static version.  If no static version was built when the compiler was configured, this option has no effect.

Developer Options

This section describes command-line options that are primarily of interest to developers or language tooling.

-fdump-d-original

Output the internal front-end AST after the semantic3 stage. This option is only useful for debugging the GNU D compiler itself.

-v

Dump information about the compiler language processing stages as the source program is being compiled.  This includes listing all modules that are processed through the parse, semantic, semantic2, and semantic3 stages; all import modules and their file paths; and all function bodies that are being compiled.

See Also

gpl(7), gfdl(7), fsf-funding(7), gcc(1) and the Info entries for gdc and gcc.

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