On Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 16:05:48 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
In preparation for an upcoming blog series, and partly as a reaction to the "Windows is a second-class citizen" criticisms that have been cropping up lately, I've put together a primer on getting set up to use C and D together on Windows. It includes some background on why we need to install the MS toolchain to produce 64-bit binaries.

The blog:


LLVM's LLD is another option for linking on Windows (and cross-linking to Windows from other platforms); they used not to support debuginfos (.pdb), not sure what the current state is. `lld-link.exe` and `llvm-lib.exe` work as drop-in replacements, reading the same environment variables and exposing the same command-line interface. Recent LDC integrates both the linker and the archiver/librarian (in the LDC executable directly - increasing the size of the LDC executable by about 10% IIRC).

The MS libs are obviously still required. They can be compressed to ~32 MB. The redistribution of the static libs is unclear, that's why I haven't pursued this further, but that's basically the only thing standing in the way of releasing a fully self-contained LDC package with a compressed size of roughly 50 MB (64-bit libs only).

See https://github.com/ldc-developers/ldc/pull/2142#issuecomment-304472412.

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