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OCAMLOPT(1)		    General Commands Manual		   OCAMLOPT(1)

NAME
       ocamlopt	- The OCaml native-code	compiler

SYNOPSIS
       ocamlopt	[ options ] filename ...

       ocamlopt.opt (same options)

DESCRIPTION
       The  OCaml  high-performance  native-code compiler ocamlopt(1) compiles
       OCaml source files to native code object	files and  link	 these	object
       files to	produce	standalone executables.

       The ocamlopt(1) command has a command-line interface very close to that
       of ocamlc(1).  It accepts the same types	 of  arguments	and  processes
       them sequentially, after	all options have been processed:

       Arguments  ending  in .mli are taken to be source files for compilation
       unit interfaces.	Interfaces specify the names exported  by  compilation
       units:  they  declare  value names with their types, define public data
       types, declare abstract data types, and so on. From the file x.mli, the
       ocamlopt(1)  compiler  produces a compiled interface in the file	x.cmi.
       The interface produced is identical to that produced  by	 the  bytecode
       compiler	ocamlc(1).

       Arguments  ending  in  .ml are taken to be source files for compilation
       unit implementations. Implementations provide definitions for the names
       exported	 by the	unit, and also contain expressions to be evaluated for
       their side-effects.  From the file x.ml,	the ocamlopt(1)	compiler  pro-
       duces  two  files:  x.o,	containing native object code, and x.cmx, con-
       taining extra information for linking and optimization of  the  clients
       of  the	unit. The compiled implementation should always	be referred to
       under the name x.cmx (when given	a .o file, ocamlopt(1) assumes that it
       contains	code compiled from C, not from OCaml).

       The  implementation  is checked against the interface file x.mli	(if it
       exists) as described in the manual for ocamlc(1).

       Arguments ending	in .cmx	are taken to be	compiled object	 code.	 These
       files are linked	together, along	with the object	files obtained by com-
       piling .ml arguments (if	any), and the OCaml standard library, to  pro-
       duce  a native-code executable program. The order in which .cmx and .ml
       arguments are presented on the command line  is	relevant:  compilation
       units  are initialized in that order at run-time, and it	is a link-time
       error to	use a component	of a unit before having	initialized it.	Hence,
       a  given	 x.cmx	file must come before all .cmx files that refer	to the
       unit x.

       Arguments ending	in .cmxa are taken to be  libraries  of	 object	 code.
       Such  a	library	 packs in two files lib.cmxa and lib.a a set of	object
       files (.cmx/.o files). Libraries	are build with ocamlopt	 -a  (see  the
       description  of the -a option below). The object	files contained	in the
       library are linked as regular .cmx files	 (see  above),	in  the	 order
       specified when the library was built. The only difference is that if an
       object file contained in	a library is not referenced  anywhere  in  the
       program,	then it	is not linked in.

       Arguments  ending in .c are passed to the C compiler, which generates a
       .o object file. This object file	is linked with the program.

       Arguments ending	in .o or .a are	assumed	to be C	object files  and  li-
       braries.	They are linked	with the program.

       The  output  of the linking phase is a regular Unix executable file. It
       does not	need ocamlrun(1) to run.

       ocamlopt.opt is the same	compiler as ocamlopt, but compiled with	itself
       instead	of with	the bytecode compiler ocamlc(1).  Thus,	it behaves ex-
       actly like ocamlopt, but	compiles faster.  ocamlopt.opt is  not	avail-
       able in all installations of OCaml.

OPTIONS
       The following command-line options are recognized by ocamlopt(1).

       -a     Build  a	library	(.cmxa/.a file)	with the object	files (.cmx/.o
	      files) given on the command line,	instead	of linking  them  into
	      an executable file. The name of the library must be set with the
	      -o option.

	      If -cclib	or -ccopt options are  passed  on  the	command	 line,
	      these  options are stored	in the resulting .cmxa library.	 Then,
	      linking  with  this  library   automatically   adds   back   the
	      -cclib and -ccopt	 options  as  if they had been provided	on the
	      command line, unless the -noautolink option is given.  Addition-
	      ally,  a	substring $CAMLORIGIN inside a	-ccopt options will be
	      replaced by the full path	to the	.cma  library,	excluding  the
	      filename.

       -absname
	      Show absolute filenames in error messages.

       -annot Dump  detailed  information  about the compilation (types, bind-
	      ings, tail-calls,	etc).  The information for file	src.ml is  put
	      into  file src.annot.  In	case of	a type error, dump all the in-
	      formation	inferred by the	type-checker  before  the  error.  The
	      src.annot	 file  can  be	used  with the emacs commands given in
	      emacs/caml-types.el to display types and other  annotations  in-
	      teractively.

       -bin-annot
	      Dump  detailed  information  about the compilation (types, bind-
	      ings, tail-calls,	etc) in	binary	format.	 The  information  for
	      file  src.ml is put into file src.cmt.  In case of a type	error,
	      dump all the information inferred	by the type-checker before the
	      error.  The annotation files produced by -bin-annot contain more
	      information and are much more compact than the files produced by
	      -annot.

       -c     Compile  only.  Suppress	the  linking phase of the compilation.
	      Source code files	are turned into	compiled files,	 but  no  exe-
	      cutable  file is produced. This option is	useful to compile mod-
	      ules separately.

       -cc ccomp
	      Use ccomp	as the C linker	called to build	the  final  executable
	      and as the C compiler for	compiling .c source files.

       -cclib -llibname
	      Pass the -llibname option	to the linker. This causes the given C
	      library to be linked with	the program.

       -ccopt option
	      Pass the given option to the C  compiler	and  linker.  For  in-
	      stance,  -ccopt -Ldir  causes  the  C linker to search for C li-
	      braries in directory dir.

       -color mode
	      Enable or	disable	colors in compiler messages (especially	 warn-
	      ings and errors).	 The following modes are supported:

	      auto use heuristics to enable colors only	if the output supports
	      them (an ANSI-compatible tty terminal);

	      always enable colors unconditionally;

	      never disable color output.

	      The default setting is auto, and the  current  heuristic	checks
	      that  the	"TERM" environment variable exists and is not empty or
	      "dumb", and that isatty(stderr) holds.

	      The environment variable "OCAML_COLOR" is	considered  if	-color
	      is not provided. Its values are auto/always/never	as above.

       -compact
	      Optimize	the produced code for space rather than	for time. This
	      results in smaller but slightly slower programs. The default  is
	      to optimize for speed.

       -config
	      Print  the  version number of ocamlopt(1)	and a detailed summary
	      of its configuration, then exit.

       -for-pack module-path
	      Generate an object file (.cmx and	.o files) that	can  later  be
	      included	as a sub-module	(with the given	access path) of	a com-
	      pilation unit  constructed  with	-pack.	 For  instance,	 ocam-
	      lopt -for-pack P -c A.ml	will generate a.cmx and	a.o files that
	      can later	be used	with ocamlopt -pack -o P.cmx a.cmx.

       -g     Add debugging information	while compiling	and linking. This  op-
	      tion  is	required in order to produce stack backtraces when the
	      program terminates on an uncaught	exception (see ocamlrun(1)).

       -i     Cause the	compiler to print all defined names  (with  their  in-
	      ferred types or their definitions) when compiling	an implementa-
	      tion (.ml	file). No compiled files (.cmo	and  .cmi  files)  are
	      produced.	 This can be useful to check the types inferred	by the
	      compiler.	Also, since the	output follows the  syntax  of	inter-
	      faces,  it can help in writing an	explicit interface (.mli file)
	      for a file: just redirect	the standard output of the compiler to
	      a	 .mli  file,  and edit that file to remove all declarations of
	      unexported names.

       -I directory
	      Add the given directory to the list of directories searched  for
	      compiled	interface  files  (.cmi),  compiled  object code files
	      (.cmx), and libraries (.cmxa). By	default, the current directory
	      is searched first, then the standard library directory. Directo-
	      ries added with -I are searched after the	current	directory,  in
	      the  order in which they were given on the command line, but be-
	      fore the standard	library	directory. See also option -nostdlib.

	      If the given directory starts with +, it is  taken  relative  to
	      the  standard library directory. For instance, -I	+compiler-libs
	      adds the subdirectory compiler-libs of the standard  library  to
	      the search path.

       -impl filename
	      Compile the file filename	as an implementation file, even	if its
	      extension	is not .ml.

       -inline n
	      Set aggressiveness of inlining to	n, where n is a	positive inte-
	      ger.  Specifying -inline 0 prevents all functions	from being in-
	      lined, except those whose	body is	smaller	than  the  call	 site.
	      Thus, inlining causes no expansion in code size. The default ag-
	      gressiveness, -inline 1, allows slightly larger functions	to  be
	      inlined,	resulting  in  a slight	expansion in code size.	Higher
	      values for the -inline option cause larger and larger  functions
	      to  become  candidate  for inlining, but can result in a serious
	      increase in code size.

       -intf filename
	      Compile the file filename	as an interface	file, even if its  ex-
	      tension is not .mli.

       -intf-suffix string
	      Recognize	 file names ending with	string as interface files (in-
	      stead of the default .mli).

       -keep-locs
	      Keep documentation strings in generated .cmi files.

       -keep-locs
	      Keep locations in	generated .cmi files.

       -labels
	      Labels are not ignored in	types, labels may be used in  applica-
	      tions,  and labelled parameters can be given in any order.  This
	      is the default.

       -linkall
	      Force all	modules	contained in libraries to  be  linked  in.  If
	      this  flag is not	given, unreferenced modules are	not linked in.
	      When building a library (-a flag),  setting  the	-linkall  flag
	      forces  all  subsequent links of programs	involving that library
	      to link all the modules contained	in the library.	 When  compil-
	      ing  a  module  (option -c), setting the -linkall	option ensures
	      that this	module will always be linked if	it is put in a library
	      and this library is linked.

       -no-alias-deps
	      Do not record dependencies for module aliases.

       -no-app-funct
	      Deactivates the applicative behaviour of functors. With this op-
	      tion, each functor application generates new types in its	result
	      and  applying the	same functor twice to the same argument	yields
	      two incompatible structures.

       -noassert
	      Do not compile assertion checks.	Note that the special form as-
	      sert false  is  always  compiled	because	it is typed specially.
	      This flag	has no effect when linking already-compiled files.

       -noautolink
	      When linking .cmxa libraries, ignore  -cclib and -ccopt  options
	      potentially  contained  in  the libraries	(if these options were
	      given when building the libraries).  This	can be useful if a li-
	      brary  contains incorrect	specifications of C libraries or C op-
	      tions; in	this case, during linking, set	-noautolink  and  pass
	      the correct C libraries and options on the command line.

       -nodynlink
	      Allow the	compiler to use	some optimizations that	are valid only
	      for code that is never dynlinked.

       -nostdlib
	      Do not automatically add the standard library directory the list
	      of  directories  searched	 for  compiled interface files (.cmi),
	      compiled object code files (.cmx), and  libraries	 (.cmxa).  See
	      also option -I.

       -nolabels
	      Ignore  non-optional  labels  in types. Labels cannot be used in
	      applications, and	parameter order	becomes	strict.

       -o exec-file
	      Specify the name of the output file produced by the linker.  The
	      default  output  name  is	a.out, in keeping with the Unix	tradi-
	      tion. If the -a option is	given, specify the name	of the library
	      produced.	 If the	-pack option is	given, specify the name	of the
	      packed object file  produced.   If  the  -output-obj  option  is
	      given,  specify  the  name  of  the output file produced.	If the
	      -shared option is	given, specify the name	of  plugin  file  pro-
	      duced.  This can also be used when compiling an interface	or im-
	      plementation file, without linking, in which case	 it  sets  the
	      name  of	the  cmi or cmo	file, and also sets the	module name to
	      the file name up to the first dot.

       -opaque
	      When compiling a .mli interface file, this has the  same	effect
	      as the -opaque option of the bytecode compiler. When compiling a
	      .ml implementation file,	this  produces	a  .cmx	 file  without
	      cross-module  optimization information, which reduces recompila-
	      tion on module change.

       -open module
	      Opens the	given module before processing the interface or	imple-
	      mentation	 files.	 If  several -open options are given, they are
	      processed	in order, just as if the  statements  open!  module1;;
	      ... open!	moduleN;; were added at	the top	of each	file.

       -output-obj
	      Cause  the  linker to produce a C	object file instead of an exe-
	      cutable file. This is useful to wrap OCaml code as a C  library,
	      callable	from any C program. The	name of	the output object file
	      must be set with the -o option.  This option can also be used to
	      produce a	compiled shared/dynamic	library	(.so extension).

       -p     Generate	extra  code to write profile information when the pro-
	      gram is executed.	 The profile information can then be  examined
	      with the analysis	program	gprof(1).  The -p option must be given
	      both at compile-time and at link-time.  Linking object files not
	      compiled	with  -p is possible, but results in less precise pro-
	      filing.

	      See the gprof(1) man page	for more information  about  the  pro-
	      files.

	      Full  support  for  gprof(1) is only available for certain plat-
	      forms (currently:	Intel x86/Linux	and Alpha/Digital  Unix).   On
	      other  platforms,	 the  -p  option will result in	a less precise
	      profile (no call graph information, only a time profile).

       -pack  Build an object file (.cmx and .o	files) and its associated com-
	      piled interface (.cmi) that combines the .cmx object files given
	      on the command line, making them appear as  sub-modules  of  the
	      output  .cmx  file.   The	 name  of the output .cmx file must be
	      given   with   the   -o	 option.     For    instance,	 ocam-
	      lopt -pack -o P.cmx A.cmx	B.cmx C.cmx  generates	compiled files
	      P.cmx, P.o and P.cmi describing a	compilation unit having	 three
	      sub-modules A, B and C, corresponding to the contents of the ob-
	      ject files A.cmx,	B.cmx and C.cmx.  These	contents can be	refer-
	      enced as P.A, P.B	and P.C	in the remainder of the	program.

	      The  .cmx	 object	 files	being combined must have been compiled
	      with the appropriate -for-pack option.  In  the  example	above,
	      A.cmx,  B.cmx  and  C.cmx	 must  have  been  compiled with ocam-
	      lopt -for-pack P.

	      Multiple levels of packing can be	achieved  by  combining	 -pack
	      with  -for-pack.	 See The OCaml user's manual, chapter "Native-
	      code compilation"	for more details.

       -plugin plugin
	      Dynamically load the code	of the given plugin (a .cmo,  .cma  or
	      .cmxs  file)  in the compiler. The plugin	must exist in the same
	      kind of code as the compiler (ocamlopt.byte must	load  bytecode
	      plugins,	while ocamlopt.opt must	load native code plugins), and
	      extension	adaptation is done automatically for  .cma  files  (to
	      .cmxs files if the compiler is compiled in native	code).

       -pp command
	      Cause  the  compiler to call the given command as	a preprocessor
	      for each source file. The	output of command is redirected	to  an
	      intermediate  file,  which is compiled. If there are no compila-
	      tion errors, the intermediate file is deleted afterwards.

       -ppx command
	      After parsing, pipe the abstract syntax tree  through  the  pre-
	      processor	 command.  The module Ast_mapper(3) implements the ex-
	      ternal interface of a preprocessor.

       -principal
	      Check information	path during type-checking, to make  sure  that
	      all  types are derived in	a principal way. All programs accepted
	      in -principal mode are also accepted in default mode with	equiv-
	      alent types, but different binary	signatures.

       -rectypes
	      Allow  arbitrary	recursive  types during	type-checking.	By de-
	      fault, only recursive types where	the recursion goes through  an
	      object  type  are	 supported. Note that once you have created an
	      interface	using this flag, you must use it again for all	depen-
	      dencies.

       -runtime-variant	suffix
	      Add  suffix to the name of the runtime library that will be used
	      by the program.  If OCaml	was configured with  option  -with-de-
	      bug-runtime,  then  the  d suffix	is supported and gives a debug
	      version of the runtime.

       -S     Keep the assembly	code produced during the compilation. The  as-
	      sembly code for the source file x.ml is saved in the file	x.s.

       -safe-string
	      Enforce  the  separation between types string and	bytes, thereby
	      making strings read-only.	This will become the default in	a  fu-
	      ture version of OCaml.

       -shared
	      Build  a	plugin	(usually .cmxs)	that can be dynamically	loaded
	      with the Dynlink module. The name	of the plugin must be set with
	      the  -o  option.	A plugin can include a number of OCaml modules
	      and libraries, and extra native objects (.o, .a files).	Build-
	      ing  native plugins is only supported for	some operating system.
	      Under some systems (currently, only Linux	AMD 64), all the OCaml
	      code linked in a plugin must have	been compiled without the -no-
	      dynlink flag. Some constraints might also	apply to the  way  the
	      extra  native  objects  have  been compiled (under Linux AMD 64,
	      they must	contain	only position-independent code).

       -short-paths
	      When a type is  visible  under  several  module-paths,  use  the
	      shortest	one  when  printing the	type's name in inferred	inter-
	      faces and	error and warning messages.

       -strict-sequence
	      The left-hand part of a sequence must have type unit.

       -thread
	      Compile or link multithreaded programs, in combination with  the
	      system threads library described in The OCaml user's manual.

       -unboxed-types
	      When  a  type is unboxable (i.e. a record	with a single argument
	      or a concrete datatype with a single constructor	of  one	 argu-
	      ment) it will be unboxed unless annotated	with [@@ocaml.boxed].

       -no-unboxed-types
	      When a type is unboxable	it will	be boxed unless	annotated with
	      [@@ocaml.unboxed].  This is the default.

       -unsafe
	      Turn bound checking off  for  array  and	string	accesses  (the
	      v.(i)ands.[i]  constructs).  Programs  compiled with -unsafe are
	      therefore	faster,	but unsafe: anything can happen	if the program
	      accesses an array	or string outside of its bounds. Additionally,
	      turn off the check for zero divisor in integer division and mod-
	      ulus operations.	With -unsafe, an integer division (or modulus)
	      by zero can halt the program or continue with an unspecified re-
	      sult instead of raising a	Division_by_zero exception.

       -unsafe-string
	      Identify	the  types  string and bytes,  thereby	making strings
	      writable.	For reasons of backward	compatibility, this is the de-
	      fault  setting  for the moment, but this will change in a	future
	      version of OCaml.

       -v     Print the	version	number of the compiler and the location	of the
	      standard library directory, then exit.

       -verbose
	      Print all	external commands before they are executed, in partic-
	      ular invocations of the assembler, C compiler, and linker.

       -version	or -vnum
	      Print the	version	number of the compiler	in  short  form	 (e.g.
	      "3.11.0"), then exit.

       -w warning-list
	      Enable,  disable,	or mark	as fatal the warnings specified	by the
	      argument warning-list.  See ocamlc(1) for	the syntax of warning-
	      list.

       -warn-error warning-list
	      Mark  as	fatal  the  warnings  specified	 in the	argument warn-
	      ing-list.	 The compiler will stop	with  an  error	 when  one  of
	      these  warnings is emitted.  The warning-list has	the same mean-
	      ing as for the -w	option:	a +  sign  (or	an  uppercase  letter)
	      marks the	corresponding warnings as fatal, a - sign (or a	lower-
	      case letter) turns them back into	non-fatal warnings,  and  a  @
	      sign both	enables	and marks as fatal the corresponding warnings.

	      Note:  it	 is  not  recommended to use the -warn-error option in
	      production code, because it will almost certainly	 prevent  com-
	      piling  your  program with later versions	of OCaml when they add
	      new warnings or modify existing warnings.

	      The default setting is -warn-error -a+31 (only warning 31	is fa-
	      tal).

       -warn-help
	      Show the description of all available warning numbers.

       -where Print the	location of the	standard library, then exit.

       - file Process  file  as	a file name, even if it	starts with a dash (-)
	      character.

       -help or	--help
	      Display a	short usage summary and	exit.

OPTIONS	FOR THE	IA32 ARCHITECTURE
       The IA32	code generator (Intel Pentium, AMD Athlon) supports  the  fol-
       lowing additional option:

       -ffast-math
	      Use  the IA32 instructions to compute trigonometric and exponen-
	      tial functions, instead of  calling  the	corresponding  library
	      routines.	  The  functions  affected are:	atan, atan2, cos, log,
	      log10, sin, sqrt and tan.	 The resulting code runs  faster,  but
	      the range	of supported arguments and the precision of the	result
	      can be reduced.  In particular,  trigonometric  operations  cos,
	      sin, tan have their range	reduced	to [-2^64, 2^64].

OPTIONS	FOR THE	AMD64 ARCHITECTURE
       The  AMD64  code	 generator  (64-bit  versions of Intel Pentium and AMD
       Athlon) supports	the following additional options:

       -fPIC  Generate position-independent machine code.   This  is  the  de-
	      fault.

       -fno-PIC
	      Generate position-dependent machine code.

OPTIONS	FOR THE	SPARC ARCHITECTURE
       The Sparc code generator	supports the following additional options:

       -march=v8
	      Generate SPARC version 8 code.

       -march=v9
	      Generate SPARC version 9 code.

       The  default is to generate code	for SPARC version 7, which runs	on all
       SPARC processors.

OPTIONS	FOR THE	ARM ARCHITECTURE
       The ARM code generator supports the following additional	options:

       -farch=armv4|armv5|armv5te|armv6|armv6t2|armv7
	      Select the ARM target architecture

       -ffpu=soft|vfpv2|vfpv3-d16|vfpv3
	      Select the floating-point	hardware

       -fPIC  Generate position-independent machine code.

       -fno-PIC
	      Generate position-dependent machine code.	 This is the default.

       -fthumb
	      Enable Thumb/Thumb-2 code	generation

       -fno-thumb
	      Disable Thumb/Thumb-2 code generation

       The default values for target architecture, floating-point hardware and
       thumb  usage were selected at configure-time when building ocamlopt it-
       self. This configuration	can be inspected using ocamlopt	-config.  Tar-
       get  architecture  depends on the "model" setting, while	floating-point
       hardware	and thumb support are determined from the ABI setting in "sys-
       tem" ( linux_eabiorlinux_eabihf).

SEE ALSO
       ocamlc(1).
       The OCaml user's	manual,	chapter	"Native-code compilation".

								   OCAMLOPT(1)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | OPTIONS | OPTIONS FOR THE IA32 ARCHITECTURE | OPTIONS FOR THE AMD64 ARCHITECTURE | OPTIONS FOR THE SPARC ARCHITECTURE | OPTIONS FOR THE ARM ARCHITECTURE | SEE ALSO

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