Can I Install GPC on MacOS10.12?

Gale Paeper gpaeper at
Wed Jul 26 02:53:11 CEST 2017

> On Jul 25, 2017, at 6:37 AM, Kevan Hashemi <hashemi at> wrote:
> Hello Again,
> Failure to produce a stand-alone executable turns out to be a simple oversight on my part: I forgot to link to the main object when making the program. Apologies.
> So, I now have GPC fully-functional on MacOS 10.12.6, but the odd step I have to take is to avoid using the default Clang editor and instead use this one:
> kevan$ /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/usr/libexec/as/i386/as -v
> Apple Inc version cctools-898, GNU assembler version 1.38
> This file has "modified" date April 12, 2017, so it's certainly not one I had lying around before my update.
> Also: when I call gcc, it turns out I'm calling the linker installed with the latest version of Xcode:
> /Applications/
> If there's a way to tell gpc to use the gnu assembler directly, I can omit the intermediate -S assembler step in my Makefile, which would be nice. But I'm up and running now, which is a great relief. I set aside a week to figure this out, and it took only a day.

I think the gcc approved way of doing that is to is to use an external specs-file with the -specs=specs-file gcc/gpc command line parameter option to override the built-in assembler invoking driver spec.

I've never tried it so take the following with a big grain of salt.

First start off by seeing what the current built-in specs look like with gpc -dumpspecs

In the resulting output, there is an "*invoke_as:" spec which looks to be a promising avenue to override using the system default "as" assembler tool (i.e., the default Clang assembler) with the desired GNU assembler.

If I got it right from spec file from an old Mac OS gpc346u4 build project, the spec you're looking for looks like:

%{!S:-o %|.s |
 as %(asm_options) %m.s %A }

Copy that into a new file that you'll use  for the -specs= parameter option.  In the new file, change the "as" in the "as %(asm_options) %m.s %A }" line to the full path specified GNU assembler you want invoked for assembling - since you say it works try "/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/usr/libexec/as/i386/as" (without the quote marks) so the full changed line is:

/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/usr/libexec/as/i386/as %(asm_options) %m.s %A }

Hopefully something like that will do the deed.  If it does and since you're working with a pre gcc 4 version, there appears to be a fairly easy way to hack the gpc installation so you don't have to keep using the  -specs= parameter option.

Gale Paeper
gpaeper at

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