Compiler object (compiler)

This object is returned by meson.get_compiler(). It represents a compiler for a given language and allows you to query its properties.

Returned by

Compiler object objects are returned by the following functions and methods:

Note:

These compiler checks do not use compiler arguments added with add_*_arguments(), via -Dlang_args on the command-line, or through CFLAGS/LDFLAGS, etc in the environment. Hence, you can trust that the tests will be fully self-contained, and won't fail because of custom flags added by other parts of the build file or by users.

Note:

Note that if you have a single prefix with all your dependencies, you might find it easier to append to the environment variables C_INCLUDE_PATH with GCC/Clang and INCLUDE with MSVC to expand the default include path, and LIBRARY_PATH with GCC/Clang and LIB with MSVC to expand the default library search path.

However, with GCC, these variables will be ignored when cross-compiling. In that case you need to use a specs file. See: http://www.mingw.org/wiki/SpecsFileHOWTO

Compiler object methods

compiler.alignment()

Returns the alignment of the specified type.

Signature

# Returns the alignment of the specified type
int alignment(
  str typename,     # The name of the type to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args         : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  prefix       : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
)

Arguments

The method compiler.alignment() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
typename str

The name of the type to check.

Finally, compiler.alignment() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).


compiler.check_header()

Returns true if the specified header is usable with the specified prefix, dependencies, and arguments.

Signature

(since 0.47.0)

# Returns true if the specified header is *usable*
bool check_header(
  str header_name,     # The header to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
  prefix              : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
  required            : bool | feature   # If set to `true`, Meson will halt if the header check fails
)

Arguments

The method compiler.check_header() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
header_name str

The header to check.

Finally, compiler.check_header() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).

required bool | feature

If set to true, Meson will halt if the header check fails.

(since 0.50.0)

default = false


compiler.cmd_array()

Returns an array containing the command(s) for the compiler.

Signature

list[str] cmd_array()


compiler.compiles()

Returns true if the code compiles.

Signature

# Returns true if the code compiles
bool compiles(
  str | file code,     # The source code to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  name                : str              # The name to use for printing a message about the compiler check
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
)

Arguments

The method compiler.compiles() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
code str | file

The source code to check.

If a string is passed, the code is used directly. If a file object is passed, it's content is used for the compiler check.

Finally, compiler.compiles() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

name str

The name to use for printing a message about the compiler check. If this keyword argument is not passed, no message will be printed about the check.

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false


compiler.compute_int()

Computes the value of the given expression (as an example 1 + 2). When cross compiling this is evaluated with an iterative algorithm, you can specify keyword arguments low (defaults to -1024), high (defaults to 1024) and guess to specify max and min values for the search and the value to try first.

Signature

(since 0.40.0)

# Computes the value of the given expression
int compute_int(
  str expr,     # The expression to compute

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  guess               : int              # The value to try first
  high                : int              # The max value
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  low                 : int              # The min value
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
  prefix              : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
)

Arguments

The method compiler.compute_int() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
expr str

The expression to compute.

Finally, compiler.compute_int() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

guess int

The value to try first.

high int

The max value.

default = 1024

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

low int

The min value.

default = -1024

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).


compiler.find_library()

Tries to find the library specified in the positional argument.

Signature

# Tries to find the library specified in the positional argument
dep find_library(
  str libname,     # The library to find

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  dirs                : list[str]        # Additional directories to search in
  disabler            : bool             # If `true`, this method will return a disabler on a failed check.
  has_headers         : list[str]        # List of headers that must be found as well
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
  prefix              : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
  required            : bool | feature   # If set `true`, Meson will abort with an error if the library could not
  static              : bool             # If `true`, the search is limited to static libraries only
)

Arguments

The method compiler.find_library() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
libname str

The library to find.

Finally, compiler.find_library() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

dirs list[str]

Additional directories to search in.

By default the library is searched for in the system library directory (e.g. /usr/lib). Specifying more directories here, causes Meson to search in those directories as well as the system directories.

disabler bool

If true, this method will return a disabler on a failed check.

(since 0.49.0)

default = false

has_headers list[str]

List of headers that must be found as well. This is check is equivalent to checking each herader with an compiler.has_header() call.

(since 0.50.0)

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).

required bool | feature

If set true, Meson will abort with an error if the library could not be found. Otherwise, Meson will continue and the found method of the returned object will return false.

(since 0.47.0) The value of a feature option can also be passed here.

default = true

static bool

If true, the search is limited to static libraries only. Setting this value to false (the default) will search for both shared and static libraries.

(since 0.51.0)

default = false


compiler.first_supported_argument()

Given a list of strings, returns the first argument that passes the compiler.has_argument() test or an empty array if none pass.

Signature

(since 0.43.0)

# Given a list of strings, returns the first argument that passes the
list[str] first_supported_argument(
  str arg...,  # The arguments to check
)

Arguments

The method accepts between 0 and infinity variadic arguments (arg...) of type str.

The arguments to check.


Given a list of strings, returns the first argument that passes the compiler.has_link_argument() test or an empty array if none pass.

Signature

(since 0.46.0)

# Given a list of strings, returns the first argument that passes the
list[str] first_supported_link_argument(
  str arg...,  # The link arguments to check
)

Arguments

The method accepts between 0 and infinity variadic arguments (arg...) of type str.

The link arguments to check.


compiler.get_argument_syntax()

returns a string identifying the type of arguments the compiler takes. Can be one of gcc, msvc, or an undefined string value. This method is useful for identifying compilers that are not gcc or msvc, but use the same argument syntax as one of those two compilers such as clang or icc, especially when they use different syntax on different operating systems.

Signature

(since 0.49.0)

str get_argument_syntax()


compiler.get_define()

Returns the given preprocessor symbol's value as a string or empty string if it is not defined.

(since 0.47.0) This method will concatenate string literals as the compiler would. E.g. "a" "b" will become "ab".

Signature

(since 0.40.0)

# Returns the given preprocessor symbol's value
str get_define(
  str definename,     # The define to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
  prefix              : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
)

Arguments

The method compiler.get_define() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
definename str

The define to check.

Finally, compiler.get_define() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).


compiler.get_id()

Returns a string identifying the compiler. For example, gcc, msvc, and more.

Signature

str get_id()


compiler.get_linker_id()

Returns a string identifying the linker. For example, ld.bfd, link, and more.

Signature

(since 0.53.0)

str get_linker_id()


compiler.get_supported_arguments()

Returns an array containing only the arguments supported by the compiler, as if compiler.has_argument() were called on them individually.

Signature

(since 0.43.0)

# Returns an array containing only the arguments supported by the compiler,
list[str] get_supported_arguments(
  str arg...,  # The arguments to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  checked : str  # Supported values:
)

Arguments

The method accepts between 0 and infinity variadic arguments (arg...) of type str.

The arguments to check.

The method compiler.get_supported_arguments() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
checked str

Supported values:

  • 'off': Quietely ignore unsupported arguments
  • 'warn': Print a warning for unsupported arguments
  • 'require': Abort if at least one argument is not supported

(since 0.59.0)

default = 'off'


compiler.get_supported_function_attributes()

Returns an array containing any names that are supported GCC style attributes. Equivalent to compiler.has_function_attribute() was called on each of them individually.

Signature

(since 0.48.0)

list[str] get_supported_function_attributes()


Returns an array containing only the arguments supported by the compiler, as if compiler.has_link_argument() were called on them individually.

Signature

(since 0.46.0)

# Returns an array containing only the arguments supported by the compiler,
list[str] get_supported_link_arguments(
  str arg...,  # The link arguments to check
)

Arguments

The method accepts between 0 and infinity variadic arguments (arg...) of type str.

The link arguments to check.


compiler.has_argument()

Returns true if the compiler accepts the specified command line argument, that is, can compile code without erroring out or printing a warning about an unknown flag.

Signature

# Returns `true` if the compiler accepts the specified command line argument,
bool has_argument(
  str argument,     # The argument to check
)

Arguments

The method compiler.has_argument() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
argument str

The argument to check.


compiler.has_function()

Returns true if the given function is provided by the standard library or a library passed in with the args keyword.

Signature

# Returns true if the given function is provided
bool has_function(
  str funcname,     # The function to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
  prefix              : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
)

Arguments

The method compiler.has_function() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
funcname str

The function to check.

Finally, compiler.has_function() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).


compiler.has_function_attribute()

Returns true if the compiler supports the GNU style (__attribute__(...)) name. This is preferable to manual compile checks as it may be optimized for compilers that do not support such attributes. This table lists all of the supported attributes.

Signature

(since 0.48.0)

# Returns `true` if the compiler supports the GNU style (`__attribute__(
bool has_function_attribute(
  str name,     # The attribute nane to check
)

Arguments

The method compiler.has_function_attribute() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
name str

The attribute nane to check.


compiler.has_header()

Returns true if the specified header is exists with the specified prefix, dependencies, and arguments.

This method is faster than compiler.check_header() since it only does a pre-processor check.

Signature

# Returns true if the specified header is *exists*
bool has_header(
  str header_name,     # The header to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
  prefix              : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
  required            : bool | feature   # If set to `true`, Meson will halt if the header check fails
)

Arguments

The method compiler.has_header() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
header_name str

The header to check.

Finally, compiler.has_header() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).

required bool | feature

If set to true, Meson will halt if the header check fails.

(since 0.50.0)

default = false


compiler.has_header_symbol()

Detects whether a particular symbol is declared in the specified header.

Symbols here include function, variable, #define, type definition, etc.

Signature

# Detects whether a particular symbol is declared in the specified header
bool has_header_symbol(
  str header,     # The header to check
  str symbol,     # The symbol to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
  prefix              : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
  required            : bool | feature   # If set to `true`, Meson will halt if the header check fails
)

Arguments

The method compiler.has_header_symbol() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
header str

The header to check.

symbol str

The symbol to check.

Finally, compiler.has_header_symbol() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).

required bool | feature

If set to true, Meson will halt if the header check fails.

(since 0.50.0)

default = false


Returns true if the linker accepts the specified command line argument, that is, can compile and link code without erroring out or printing a warning about an unknown flag. Link arguments will be passed to the compiler, so should usually have the -Wl, prefix. On VisualStudio a /link argument will be prepended.

Signature

(since 0.46.0)

# Returns `true` if the linker accepts the specified command line argument,
bool has_link_argument(
  str argument,     # The argument to check
)

Arguments

The method compiler.has_link_argument() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
argument str

The argument to check.


compiler.has_member()

Returns true if the type has the specified member.

Signature

# Returns true if the type has the specified member
bool has_member(
  str typename,       # The type to check
  str membername,     # The member to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
  prefix              : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
)

Arguments

The method compiler.has_member() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
typename str

The type to check.

membername str

The member to check.

Finally, compiler.has_member() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).


compiler.has_members()

Returns true if the type has all the specified members.

Signature

# Returns `true` if the type has *all* the specified members
bool has_members(
  str typename,     # The type to check
  str member...,    # The members to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
  prefix              : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
)

Arguments

The method compiler.has_members() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
typename str

The type to check.

Additionally, the method accepts between 1 and infinity variadic arguments (member...) of type str.

The members to check

Finally, compiler.has_members() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).


compiler.has_multi_arguments()

the same as compiler.has_argument() but takes multiple arguments and uses them all in a single compiler invocation.

Signature

(since 0.37.0)

# the same as compiler.has_argument() but takes multiple arguments
bool has_multi_arguments(
  str arg...,  # The arguments to check
)

Arguments

The method accepts between 0 and infinity variadic arguments (arg...) of type str.

The arguments to check.


the same as compiler.has_link_argument() but takes multiple arguments and uses them all in a single compiler invocation.

Signature

(since 0.46.0)

# the same as compiler.has_link_argument() but takes multiple arguments
bool has_multi_link_arguments(
  str arg...,  # The link arguments to check
)

Arguments

The method accepts between 0 and infinity variadic arguments (arg...) of type str.

The link arguments to check.


compiler.has_type()

Returns true if the specified token is a type.

Signature

# Returns `true` if the specified token is a type
bool has_type(
  str typename,     # The type to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
  prefix              : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
)

Arguments

The method compiler.has_type() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
typename str

The type to check.

Finally, compiler.has_type() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).


Returns true if the code compiles and links.

Since 0.60.0, if the file object's suffix does not match the compiler object's language, the compiler corresponding to the suffix is used to compile the source, while the target of the links method is used to link the resulting object file.

Signature

# Returns true if the code compiles and links
bool links(
  str | file code,     # The source code to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  name                : str              # The name to use for printing a message about the compiler check
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
)

Arguments

The method compiler.links() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
code str | file

The source code to check.

If a string is passed, the code is used directly. If a file object is passed, it's content is used for the compiler check.

Finally, compiler.links() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

name str

The name to use for printing a message about the compiler check. If this keyword argument is not passed, no message will be printed about the check.

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false


compiler.run()

Attempts to compile and execute the given code fragment.

Signature

# Attempts to compile and execute the given code fragment
runresult run(
  str | file code,     # The source code to check

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  name                : str              # The name to use for printing a message about the compiler check
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
)

Arguments

The method compiler.run() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
code str | file

The source code to check.

If a string is passed, the code is used directly. If a file object is passed, it's content is used for the compiler check.

Finally, compiler.run() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

name str

The name to use for printing a message about the compiler check. If this keyword argument is not passed, no message will be printed about the check.

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false


compiler.sizeof()

returns the size of the given type (e.g. 'int') or -1 if the type is unknown.

Signature

# returns the size of the given type (e
int sizeof(
  str typename,     # The type to compute

  # Keyword arguments:
  args                : list[str]        # Used to pass a list of compiler arguments
  dependencies        : dep | list[dep]  # Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking
  include_directories : inc | list[inc]  # Extra directories for header searches
  no_builtin_args     : bool             # When set to `true`, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added
  prefix              : str              # Used to add `#include`s and other things that are required
)

Arguments

The method compiler.sizeof() accepts the following positional arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
typename str

The type to compute.

Finally, compiler.sizeof() accepts the following keyword arguments:

Name Type Description Tags
args list[str]

Used to pass a list of compiler arguments. Defining include paths for headers not in the default include path via -Isome/path/to/header is generally supported, however, usually not recommended.

This is because include directories can also be specified via the include_directories or the dependency kwarg (if present). The same is also true for passing libraries to link with -lfoo.

dependencies dep | list[dep]

Additionally dependencies required for compiling and / or linking.

include_directories inc | list[inc]

Extra directories for header searches.

(since 0.38.0)

no_builtin_args bool

When set to true, the compiler arguments controlled by built-in configuration options are not added.

default = false

prefix str

Used to add #includes and other things that are required for the symbol to be declared. System definitions should be passed via compiler args (eg: _GNU_SOURCE is often required for some symbols to be exposed on Linux, and it should be passed via args keyword argument).


compiler.symbols_have_underscore_prefix()

Returns true if the C symbol mangling is one underscore (_) prefixed to the symbol.

Signature

(since 0.37.0)

bool symbols_have_underscore_prefix()


compiler.version()

Returns the compiler's version number as a string.

Signature

str version()


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