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LLVM Weekly - #83, Aug 3rd 2015

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News and articles from around the web

The CodeChecker static analysis infrastructure built on Clang Static Analyzer has been released. The slides from the talk at EuroLLVM earlier this year give a good overview.

LLVM/Clang 3.7 RC2 has been tagged. Time to get testing.

The implementation of the Picon Control Flow Integrity protection mechanism has been released. See also the associated paper Picon: Control Flow Integrity on LLVM IR.

On the mailing lists

LLVM commits

  • A new exception handling representation has been introduced for MSVC compatibility. The commit includes the appropriate updates to the LLVM language reference. r243766.

  • A test to check bitcode compatibility has been added. This will help ensure the bitcode format produced by an X.Y release is readable by the following X.Z releases. r243779.

  • The lli documentation has been updated and now better explains its purpose. r243401.

  • LLVM gained a target-independent thread local storage (TLS) implementation. r243438.

  • A reverse(ContainerTy) range adapter was added. r243581.

Clang commits

  • The method for emitting metadata for loop hint pragmas has been modified, using CGLoopInfo. r243315.

  • Clang learned to pass -Wa,-mfpu, -Wa,-mhwdiv, and -Wa,-mcpu to the integrated assembler. r243353.

  • Initial support for Open MP 4.1's extended ordered clause was added. r243635.

Other project commits

  • lldb is starting to gain support for indicating when you are debugging a function that has been optimized. r243508.