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xmake v2.5.2 released, Support pull remote cross toolchain and package integration

xmake is a lightweight cross-platform build tool based on Lua. It uses xmake.lua to maintain project builds. Compared with makefile/CMakeLists.txt, the configuration syntax is more concise and intuitive, it is very friendly to novices, and you can get started quickly in a short time, allowing users to focus more on actual project development.

In version 2.5.2, we added a heavyweight new feature: Pull remote cross-compilation toolchain automatically.

Those who have done cross-compilation and have experience in C/C++ project migration should know that it is very troublesome to toss various cross-compilation toolchains
and transplant and compile projects. You need to download the corresponding toolchain yourself.

And it is easy to make mistakes in configuring the toolchain and the compilation environment to cause compilation failure.

Now, xmake can already support the automatic download of the toolchain required by the project, and then use the corresponding toolchain to directly compile the project.
The user does not need to care about how to configure the toolchain. In any case, just execute the xmake command to complete the compilation.

Even for the integration of C/C++ dependent packages, you can automatically switch to the corresponding toolchain to compile, install, and integrate.
Everything is fully automated and does not require users to worry about it.

In addition to the cross-compilation toolchain, we can also automatically pull toolchains, such as specific versions of llvm, llvm-mingw, zig
and other toolchains to participate in the compilation of C/C++/Zig projects.

Even cmake does not support the automatic pull of the toolchain. At most, it can only cooperate with third-party package management such as vcpkg/conan to integrate C/C++ dependent packages.
In addition, even for C/C++ dependent packages, xmake has its own native The built-in package management tool has no dependencies at all.

New feature introduction

Automatically pull the remote cross-compilation toolchain

Starting from version 2.5.2, we can pull the specified toolchain to integrate the compilation project, and we also support switching the dependent package to the corresponding remote toolchain to participate in the compilation and integration.

For related example codes, see: Toolchain/Packages Examples

Related issue #1217

Currently, we have included the following toolchain packages in the xmake-repo repository, allowing xmake to pull and integrate remotely:

  • llvm
  • llvm-mingw
  • gnu-rm
  • muslcc
  • zig

Although there are not many toolchain packages currently supported, but the overall architecture has been opened up, we only need to include more toolchains in the later stage, such as: gcc, tinyc, vs-buildtools and other toolchains.

Since the xmake package supports semantic versions, if the project relies on a specific version of the gcc/clang compiler, users should not bother to install it. xmake will automatically detect whether the gcc/clang version of the current system meets the requirements.

If the version is not satisfied, xmake will pull it remotely, automatically install and integrate a specific version of gcc/clang, and then compile the project.

Pull the specified version of llvm toolchain

We use clang in llvm-10 to compile the project.

add_requires("llvm 10.x", {alias = "llvm-10"})
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Among them, the first half of llvm@llvm-10 is the toolchain name, which is toolchain("llvm"), and the following name is the name of the toolchain package that needs to be associated, which is package("llvm") , But if an alias is set, the alias will be used first: llvm-10

In addition, we will add the gcc toolchain package to xmake-repo in the future, so that users can freely switch to gcc-10, gcc-11 and other specific versions of gcc compilers without the need for users to manually install them.

Pull the cross-compilation toolchain

We can also pull the specified cross-compilation toolchain to compile the project.

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muslcc is a cross-compilation toolchain provided by By default, xmake will automatically integrate and compile the x86_64-linux-musl- target platform.

Of course, we can also use xmake f -a arm64 to switch to the aarch64-linux-musl- target platform for cross-compilation.

Pull the toolchain and integrate the dependency packages

We can also use the specified muslcc cross-compilation toolchain to c

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