lld 19.0.0git Release Notes


These are in-progress notes for the upcoming LLVM 19.0.0git release. Release notes for previous releases can be found on the Download Page.


This document contains the release notes for the lld linker, release 19.0.0git. 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

  • EI_OSABI in the output is now inferred from input object files. (#97144)

  • --compress-sections <section-glib>={none,zlib,zstd}[:level] is added to compress matched output sections without the SHF_ALLOC flag. (#84855) (#90567)

  • The default compression level for zlib is now independent of linker optimization level (Z_BEST_SPEED).

  • zstd compression parallelism no longer requires ZSTD_MULITHREAD build.

  • GNU_PROPERTY_AARCH64_FEATURE_PAUTH notes, R_AARCH64_AUTH_ABS64 and R_AARCH64_AUTH_RELATIVE relocations are now supported. (#72714)

  • --no-allow-shlib-undefined now rejects non-exported definitions in the def-hidden.so ref.so case. (#86777)

  • --debug-names is added to create a merged .debug_names index from input .debug_names sections. Type units are not handled yet. (#86508)

  • --enable-non-contiguous-regions option allows automatically packing input sections into memory regions by automatically spilling to later matches if a region would overflow. This reduces the toil of manually packing regions (typical for embedded). It also makes full LTO feasible in such cases, since IR merging currently prevents the linker script from referring to input files. (#90007)

  • --default-script`/-dT`` is implemented to specify a default script that is processed if --script/-T is not specified. (#89327)

  • --force-group-allocation is implemented to discard SHT_GROUP sections and combine relocation sections if their relocated section group members are placed to the same output section. (#94704)

  • --build-id now defaults to generating a 20-byte digest (“sha1”) instead of 8-byte (“fast”). This improves compatibility with RPM packaging tools. (#93943)

  • -z lrodata-after-bss is implemented to place .lrodata after .bss. (#81224)

  • --export-dynamic no longer creates dynamic sections for -no-pie static linking.

  • --lto-emit-asm is now added as the canonical spelling of --plugin-opt=emit-llvm.

  • --lto-emit-llvm now uses the pre-codegen module. (#97480)

  • When AArch64 PAuth is enabled, -z pack-relative-relocs now encodes R_AARCH64_AUTH_RELATIVE relocations in .rela.auth.dyn. (#96496)

  • -z gcs and -z gcs-report are now supported for AArch64 Guarded Control Stack extension.

  • -r now forces -Bstatic.

  • Thumb2 PLT is now supported for Cortex-M processors. (#93644)

  • DW_EH_sdata4 of addresses larger than 0x80000000 is now supported for MIPS32. (#92438)

  • Certain unknown section types are rejected. (#85173)

  • PROVIDE(lhs = rhs) PROVIDE(rhs = ...), lhs is now defined only if rhs is needed. (#74771) (#87530)

  • Orphan placement is refined to prefer the last similar section when its rank <= orphan’s rank. (#94099) Non-alloc orphan sections are now placed at the end. (#94519)

  • R_X86_64_REX_GOTPCRELX of the addq form is no longer incorrectly optimized when the address is larger than 0x80000000.

Breaking changes

COFF Improvements

MinGW Improvements

MachO Improvements

WebAssembly Improvements