5.2 Switches for gnatlink
The following switches are available with the gnatlink utility:
- Display Copyright and version, then exit disregarding all other options.
- If --version was not used, display usage, then exit disregarding
all other options.
- The binder has generated code in Ada. This is the default.
- If instead of generating a file in Ada, the binder has generated one in
C, then the linker needs to know about it. Use this switch to signal
to gnatlink that the binder has generated C code rather than
- On some targets, the command line length is limited, and gnatlink
will generate a separate file for the linker if the list of object files
is too long.
The -f switch forces this file
to be generated even if
the limit is not exceeded. This is useful in some cases to deal with
special situations where the command line length is exceeded.
- The option to include debugging information causes the Ada bind file (in
other words, b~mainprog.adb) to be compiled with
In addition, the binder does not delete the b~mainprog.adb,
b~mainprog.o and b~mainprog.ali files.
Without -g, the binder removes these files by
default. The same procedure apply if a C bind file was generated using
gnatbind option, in this case the filenames
are b_mainprog.c and b_mainprog.o.
- Do not compile the file generated by the binder. This may be used when
a link is rerun with different options, but there is no need to recompile
the binder file.
- Causes additional information to be output, including a full list of the
included object files. This switch option is most useful when you want
to see what set of object files are being used in the link step.
- -v -v
- Very verbose mode. Requests that the compiler operate in verbose mode when
it compiles the binder file, and that the system linker run in verbose mode.
- -o exec-name
- exec-name specifies an alternate name for the generated
executable program. If this switch is omitted, the executable has the same
name as the main unit. For example,
gnatlink try.ali creates
an executable called try.
- -b target
- Compile your program to run on target, which is the name of a
system configuration. You must have a GNAT cross-compiler built if
target is not the same as your host system.
- Load compiler executables (for example,
gnat1, the Ada compiler)
from dir instead of the default location. Only use this switch
when multiple versions of the GNAT compiler are available. See the
gcc manual page for further details. You would normally use the
-b or -V switch instead.
- Program used for compiling the binder file. The default is
gcc. You need to use quotes around compiler_name if
compiler_name contains spaces or other separator characters.
As an example --GCC="foo -x -y" will instruct gnatlink to
foo -x -y as your compiler. Note that switch -c is always
inserted after your command name. Thus in the above example the compiler
command that will be used by gnatlink will be
foo -c -x -y.
A limitation of this syntax is that the name and path name of the executable
itself must not include any embedded spaces. If several
--GCC=compiler_name are used, only the last compiler_name
is taken into account. However, all the additional switches are also taken
into account. Thus,
--GCC="foo -x -y" --GCC="bar -z -t" is equivalent to
--GCC="bar -x -y -z -t".
- name is the name of the linker to be invoked. This is especially
useful in mixed language programs since languages such as C++ require
their own linker to be used. When this switch is omitted, the default
name for the linker is gcc. When this switch is used, the
specified linker is called instead of gcc with exactly the same
parameters that would have been passed to gcc so if the desired
linker requires different parameters it is necessary to use a wrapper
script that massages the parameters before invoking the real linker. It
may be useful to control the exact invocation by using the verbose