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 B::Bytecode - Perl compiler's bytecode backend


NAME

B::Bytecode - Perl compiler's bytecode backend


SUPPORTED PLATFORMS

  • Linux
  • Solaris
  • Windows

SYNOPSIS

        perl -MO=Bytecode[,OPTIONS] foo.pl


DESCRIPTION

This compiler backend takes Perl source and generates a platform-independent bytecode encapsulating code to load the internal structures perl uses to run your program. When the generated bytecode is loaded in, your program is ready to run, reducing the time which perl would have taken to load and parse your program into its internal semi-compiled form. That means that compiling with this backend will not help improve the runtime execution speed of your program but may improve the start-up time. Depending on the environment in which your program runs this may or may not be a help.

The resulting bytecode can be run with a special byteperl executable or (for non-main programs) be loaded via the byteload_fh function in the B module.


OPTIONS

If there are any non-option arguments, they are taken to be names of objects to be saved (probably doesn't work properly yet). Without extra arguments, it saves the main program.

-ofilename
Output to filename instead of STDOUT.

-afilename
Append output to filename.

--
Force end of options.

-f
Force optimisations on or off one at a time. Each can be preceded by no- to turn the option off (e.g. -fno-compress-nullops).

-fcompress-nullops
Only fills in the necessary fields of ops which have been optimised away by perl's internal compiler.

-fomit-sequence-numbers
Leaves out code to fill in the op_seq field of all ops which is only used by perl's internal compiler.

-fbypass-nullops
If op->op_next ever points to a NULLOP, replaces the op_next field with the first non-NULLOP in the path of execution.

-fstrip-syntax-tree
Leaves out code to fill in the pointers which link the internal syntax tree together. They're not needed at run-time but leaving them out will make it impossible to recompile or disassemble the resulting program. It will also stop goto label statements from working.

-On
Optimisation level (n = 0, 1, 2, ...). -O means -O1. -O1 sets -fcompress-nullops -fomit-sequence numbers. -O6 adds -fstrip-syntax-tree.

-D
Debug options (concatenated or separate flags like perl -D).

-Do
Prints each OP as it's processed.

-Db
Print debugging information about bytecompiler progress.

-Da
Tells the (bytecode) assembler to include source assembler lines in its output as bytecode comments.

-DC
Prints each CV taken from the final symbol tree walk.

-S
Output (bytecode) assembler source rather than piping it through the assembler and outputting bytecode.

-m
Compile as a module rather than a standalone program. Currently this just means that the bytecodes for initialising main_start, main_root and curpad are omitted.


EXAMPLES

    perl -MO=Bytecode,-O6,-o,foo.plc foo.pl
    perl -MO=Bytecode,-S foo.pl > foo.S
    assemble foo.S > foo.plc

Note that assemble lives in the B subdirectory of your perl library directory. The utility called perlcc may also be used to help make use of this compiler.

    perl -MO=Bytecode,-m,-oFoo.pmc Foo.pm


BUGS

Plenty. Current status: experimental.


AUTHOR

Malcolm Beattie, mbeattie@sable.ox.ac.uk

 B::Bytecode - Perl compiler's bytecode backend