lld 9.0.0 Release Notes


These are in-progress notes for the upcoming LLVM 9.0.0 release. Release notes for previous releases can be found on the Download Page.


This document contains the release notes for the lld linker, release 9.0.0. 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

  • ld.lld now has typo suggestions for flags: $ ld.lld --call-shared now prints unknown argument '--call-shared', did you mean '--call_shared'.
  • lld now supports replacing JAL with JALX instructions in case of MIPS - microMIPS cross-mode jumps.
  • lld now creates LA25 thunks for MIPS R6 code.
  • Put MIPS-specific .reginfo, .MIPS.options, and .MIPS.abiflags sections into corresponding PT_MIPS_REGINFO, PT_MIPS_OPTIONS, and PT_MIPS_ABIFLAGS segments.

COFF Improvements

  • Like the ELF driver, lld-link now has typo suggestions for flags.
  • lld-link now correctly reports duplicate symbol errors for obj files that were compiled with /Gy.
  • lld-link now correctly reports duplicate symbol errors when several res input files define resources with the same type, name, and language. This can be demoted to a warning using /force:multipleres.
  • Having more than two /natvis: now works correctly; it used to not work for larger binaries before.
  • Undefined symbols are now printed only in demangled form. Pass /demangle:no to see raw symbol names instead.
  • The following flags have been added: /functionpadmin, /swaprun:, /threads:no
  • Several speed and memory usage improvements.
  • Range extension thunks are now created for ARM64, if needed
  • lld-link now supports resource object files created by GNU windres and MS cvtres, not only llvm-cvtres
  • The generated thunks for delayimports now share the majority of code among thunks, significantly reducing the overhead of using delayimport

MinGW Improvements

  • lld now correctly links crtend.o as the last object file, handling terminators for the sections such as .eh_frame properly, fixing DWARF exception handling with libgcc and gcc’s crtend.o.
  • lld now also handles DWARF unwind info generated by GCC, when linking with libgcc
  • Many more GNU ld options are now supported, which e.g. allows the lld MinGW frontend to be called by GCC
  • PDB output can be requested without manually specifying the PDB file name, with the new option -pdb= with an empty value to the option. (The old existing syntax -pdb <filename> was more cumbersome to use with an empty parameter value.)