2017-08-06 6:43 GMT+07:00 Hal Finkel <hfin...@anl.gov>:

> On 07/24/2017 10:18 AM, Serge Pavlov wrote:
> I am thinking about reducing the patch further to leave only the ability
> to include config file when clang is called as `target-clang-drivermode`.
> It is still useful for cross compilation tasks because:
> - It is a convenient way to switch between supported targets,
> - SDK producer can ship compiler with a set of appropriate options or
> prepare them during installation.
> In this case if clang is called as `target-clang-drivermode`, it first
> tries to find file `target-drivermode.cfg` or `target.cfg` in a set of
> well-known directories, which in minimal case includes the directory where
> clang executable resides. If such file is found, options are  read from it,
> otherwise only option --target is added as clang does it now.
> This solution has obvious drawbacks:
> - User cannot specify config file in command line in the same way as he
> can choose a target: `clang --target <target>`,
> - On Windows symlinks are implemented as file copy, the solution looks
> awkward.
> So more or less complete solution needs to allow specifying config file in
> command line.
> I'd rather not reduce the patch in this way, and you didn't describe why
> you're considering reducing the patch. Can you please elaborate?

The only intent was to facilitate review process.

> Using `@file` has some problems. Config file is merely a set of options,
> just as file included by `@file`. Different include file search is only a
> convenience and could be sacrificed. Comments and unused option warning
> suppression could be extended for all files included with `@file`. The real
> problem is the search path. To be useful, config files must be searched for
> in well-known directories, so that meaning of `clang @config_fille` does
> not depend on the current directory. So clang must have some rule to
> distinguish between config file and traditional use of `@file`. For
> instance, if file name ends with `.cfg` and there is a file with this name
> in config search directories, this is a config file and it is interpreted a
> bit differently. Of course, the file may be specified with full path, but
> this way is inconvenient.
> I see no reason why we can't unify the processing but have different
> search-path rules for @file vs. --config file.

Now I think we can use @file without breaking compatibility.

libiberty resolves `file` in `@file` always relative to current directory.
If such file is not found, it tries to open file with name `@file`. We must
keep this behavior for the sake of compatibility. If after these steps
`file` is not found and `file` does not contain directory separator, clang
could try to treat `file` as config file and search it using special search
path. If such solution is acceptable, we can get rid of `--config`.

Another possible solution is to extend meaning of `--target` so that it
> fully matches with the use of `target-clang-drivermode`, that is the option
> `--target=hexagon` causes clang first to look for the file `hexagon.cfg` in
> well-known directories and use it if found. In this case treatment of
> `--target` is different if the option is specified in command line or in
> the content of config file (in the latter case it is processed as target
> name only), it may be confusing. Besides, use of config files is not
> restricted to the choice of target.
> I think we should do this, so long as the implementation is reasonable,
> and the special case doesn't bother me in this regard. I don't view this as
> a replacement for '--config file', however, because, as you mention, the
> config files need not be restricted to target triples.

Different treatment of  `--target` in config file and in command line is
still a concern, to do or not to do this depends on which is looks more
intuitive. I would try implementing it is a separate patch.


> Thanks again,
> Hal
> Using special option for config files does not bring risk of compatibility
> breakage and does not change meaning of existing options.
> Thanks,
> --Serge
> 2017-05-10 11:25 GMT+07:00 Serge Pavlov <sepavl...@gmail.com>:
>> 2017-05-10 3:46 GMT+07:00 Richard Smith <rich...@metafoo.co.uk>:
>>> On 1 March 2017 at 02:50, Serge Pavlov via Phabricator <
>>> revi...@reviews.llvm.org> wrote:
>>>> Format of configuration file is similar to file used in the construct
>>>> `@file`, it is a set of options. Configuration file have advantage over
>>>> this construct:
>>>> - it is searched for in well-known places rather than in current
>>>> directory,
>>> This (and suppressing unused-argument warnings) might well be sufficient
>>> to justify a different command-line syntax rather than @file...
>> Construct `@file` in this implementation is used only to read parts of
>> config file inside containing file. Driver knows that it processes config
>> file and can adjust treatment of `@file`. On the other hand, driver might
>> parse config files in a more complicated way, for instance, it could treat
>> line `# include(file_name)` as a command to include another file.
>>>> - it may contain comments, long options may be split between lines
>>>> using trailing backslashes,
>>>> - other files may be included by `@file` and they will be resolved
>>>> relative to the including file,
>>> ... but I think we should just add these extensions to our @file
>>> handling, and then use the exact same syntax and code to handle config
>>> files and @file files. That is, the difference between @ and --config would
>>> be that the latter looks in a different directory and suppresses "unused
>>> argument" warnings, but they would otherwise be identical.
>> Changing treatment of `@file` can cause compatibility issues, in
>> particular, both libiberty and cl resolves file name relative to current
>> directory. So driver must deduce that `@file` is used to load config file
>> rather than merely to organize arguments. Another difference is that
>> `@file` inserts its content in the place where it occurs, while `--config`
>> always puts arguments before user specified options. The following
>> invocations:
>>     clang --config a.cfg -opt1 -opt2 file1.cpp
>>     clang -opt1 -opt2 file1.cpp --config a.cfg
>> are equivalent, but variants with `@file` can have different effect.
>>> - the file may be encoded in executable name,
>>>> - unused options from configuration file do not produce warnings.
>>>> https://reviews.llvm.org/D24933
> --
> Hal Finkel
> Lead, Compiler Technology and Programming Languages
> Leadership Computing Facility
> Argonne National Laboratory
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