lld 8.0.0 Release Notes


These are in-progress notes for the upcoming LLVM 8.0.0 release. Release notes for previous releases can be found on the Download Page.


This document contains the release notes for the lld linker, release 8.0.0. Here we describe the status of lld, including major improvements from the previous release. All lld releases may be downloaded from the LLVM releases web site.

Non-comprehensive list of changes in this release

ELF Improvements

  • lld now supports RISC-V. (r339364)
  • Default image base address has changed from 65536 to 2 MiB for i386 and 4 MiB for AArch64 to make lld-generated executables work better with automatic superpage promotion. FreeBSD can promote contiguous non-superpages to a superpage if they are aligned to the superpage size. (r342746)
  • lld/Hexagon can now link Linux kernel and musl libc for Qualcomm Hexagon ISA.
  • Initial MSP430 ISA support has landed.
  • The following flags have been added: -z interpose, -z global

COFF Improvements

  • PDB GUID is set to hash of PDB contents instead to a random byte sequence for build reproducibility.
  • The following flags have been added: /force:multiple
  • lld now can link against import libraries produced by GNU tools.
  • lld can create thunks for ARM, to allow linking images over 16 MB.

MinGW Improvements

  • lld can now automatically import data variables from DLLs without the use of the dllimport attribute.
  • lld can now use existing normal MinGW sysroots with import libraries and CRT startup object files for GNU binutils. lld can handle most object files produced by GCC, and thus works as a drop-in replacement for ld.bfd in such environments. (There are known issues with linking crtend.o from GCC in setups with DWARF exceptions though, where object files are linked in a different order than with GNU ld, inserting a DWARF exception table terminator too early.)
  • lld now supports COFF embedded directives for linking to nondefault libraries, just like for the normal COFF target.
  • Actually generate a codeview build id signature, even if not creating a PDB. Previously, the --build-id option did not actually generate a build id unless --pdb was specified.

WebAssembly Improvements