Codegen options

All of these options are passed to rustc via the -C flag, short for "codegen." You can see a version of this list for your exact compiler by running rustc -C help.

ar

This option is deprecated and does nothing.

linker

This flag lets you control which linker rustc invokes to link your code.

link-arg=val

This flag lets you append a single extra argument to the linker invocation.

"Append" is significant; you can pass this flag multiple times to add multiple arguments.

link-args

This flag lets you append multiple extra arguments to the linker invocation. The options should be separated by spaces.

link-dead-code

Normally, the linker will remove dead code. This flag disables this behavior.

An example of when this flag might be useful is when trying to construct code coverage metrics.

lto

This flag instructs LLVM to use link time optimizations.

It takes one of two values, thin and fat. 'thin' LTO is a new feature of LLVM, 'fat' referring to the classic version of LTO.

target-cpu

This instructs rustc to generate code specifically for a particular processor.

You can run rustc --print target-cpus to see the valid options to pass here. Additionally, native can be passed to use the processor of the host machine.

target-feature

Individual targets will support different features; this flag lets you control enabling or disabling a feature.

To see the valid options and an example of use, run rustc --print target-features.

passes

This flag can be used to add extra LLVM passes to the compilation.

The list must be separated by spaces.

llvm-args

This flag can be used to pass a list of arguments directly to LLVM.

The list must be separated by spaces.

save-temps

rustc will generate temporary files during compilation; normally it will delete them after it's done with its work. This option will cause them to be preserved instead of removed.

rpath

This option allows you to set the value of rpath.

overflow-checks

This flag allows you to control the behavior of integer overflow. This flag can be passed many options:

  • To turn overflow checks on: y, yes, or on.
  • To turn overflow checks off: n, no, or off.

no-prepopulate-passes

The pass manager comes pre-populated with a list of passes; this flag ensures that list is empty.

no-vectorize-loops

By default, rustc will attempt to vectorize loops. This flag will turn that behavior off.

no-vectorize-slp

By default, rustc will attempt to vectorize loops using superword-level parallelism. This flag will turn that behavior off.

soft-float

This option will make rustc generate code using "soft floats." By default, a lot of hardware supports floating point instructions, and so the code generated will take advantage of this. "soft floats" emulate floating point instructions in software.

prefer-dynamic

By default, rustc prefers to statically link dependencies. This option will make it use dynamic linking instead.

no-integrated-as

LLVM comes with an internal assembler; this option will let you use an external assembler instead.

no-redzone

This flag allows you to disable the red zone. This flag can be passed many options:

  • To enable the red zone: y, yes, or on.
  • To disable it: n, no, or off.

relocation-model

This option lets you choose which relocation model to use.

To find the valid options for this flag, run rustc --print relocation-models.

code-model=val

This option lets you choose which code model to use.

To find the valid options for this flag, run rustc --print code-models.

metadata

This option allows you to control the metadata used for symbol mangling.

extra-filename

This option allows you to put extra data in each output filename.

codegen-units

This flag lets you control how many threads are used when doing code generation.

Increasing parallelism may speed up compile times, but may also produce slower code.

remark

This flag lets you print remarks for these optimization passes.

The list of passes should be separated by spaces.

all will remark on every pass.

no-stack-check

This option is deprecated and does nothing.

debuginfo

This flag lets you control debug information:

  • 0: no debug info at all
  • 1: line tables only
  • 2: full debug info

opt-level

This flag lets you control the optimization level.

  • 0: no optimizations
  • 1: basic optimizations
  • 2: some optimizations
  • 3: all optimizations
  • s: optimize for binary size
  • z: optimize for binary size, but also turn off loop vectorization.

debug-assertions

This flag lets you turn cfg(debug_assertions) on or off.

inline-threshold

This option lets you set the threshold for inlining a function.

The default is 225.

panic

This option lets you control what happens when the code panics.

  • abort: terminate the process upon panic
  • unwind: unwind the stack upon panic

incremental

This flag allows you to enable incremental compilation.