DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2011-05
The gold linker is now in the base system
Today I flipped a switch a switch which allows the gold linker to be
built with world. After the next build, you'll find it located at
It is considered experimental at this point. Users of large C++
projects should see a large jump in compiling speed when using gold
(could be up to 5x faster), so if you are a frequent builder of such a
project, you might be interested to switch linkers.
For additional information:
/usr/bin/ld is objformat-linked to /usr/libexec/binutils221/elf/ld
/usr/libexec/binutils221/elf/ld is hardlinked to
Gold will NOT build a usable kernel or world. The only way to attempt
this is to modify to the ld.bfd and ld.gold makefiles, so you luckily
can't do this accidentally. Therefore, you should be safe if you decide
to change the /usr/libexec/binutils221/elf/ld hardlink to gold.
It would be great to hear about successes and failures encountered with
the use of the gold linker.