New parameter in GCC

Harry Trinta
Tue Aug 9 05:38:00 GMT 2011

Ian, sorry

I think this option (-D) can be useful. But I did not understand how
to use this option .
You told me to create a new file, but this file is for the GCC or for
the program being compiled?

Using the -D option, I can access the IP address within the compiled
program or just during compilation?

Thank you for your attention

2011/8/5 Ian Lance Taylor <>:
> Harry Trinta <> writes:
>> I'm developing a mechanism in the gcov, instead of writing the file
>> gcda (in file gcov-io.c), it sends the information to a host via a
>> socket. The host generates gcda.
>> So I'd like to get the IP at compile time to use when sending the data
>> through the socket.
>> But from what you said, the variable is only available at compile
>> time, which is not my case.
>>> To be clear, this will give you a new variable in the compiler itself.
>>> It will not give you a variable in the gcov program, nor in the program
>>> you are compiling.  You will have to figure out some mechanism to get
>>> the value to the point where you need it.  It's not clear to me where
>>> that point is.
>> What kinds of mechanisms I can develop to use this variable when
>> sending information?
> There are many ways to get an IP address defined at compile time into
> the gcov library.  Most of them do not involve changing the compiler
> proper at all (you do of course have to change the gcov support
> library).
> Making this a compile time option seems odd.  What should happen if you
> link together two different files compiled with different values for the
> option?  What you really want is to make a link time option.
> Suppose you just change the gcov library to look for a global variable
> gcov_ip_address.  Then create a tiny file
> const char* gcov_ip_address = GCOV_IP_ADDRESS
> Then compile that file with -DGCOV_IP_ADDRESS=nn.nn.nn.nn.
> That approach is much simpler than changing the compiler proper.  What
> do you need that you can't get from that?
> Ian

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