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"Hello world" example

This example shows how to build a simple C program hello_world.c with armclang and armlink.


  1. Create a C file hello_world.c with the following content:
    #include <stdio.h>
    int main()
        printf("Hello World");
        return 0;
  2. Compile the C file hello_world.c with the following command:
    armclang --target=aarch64-arm-none-eabi -c hello_world.c

    The -c option tells the compiler to perform the compilation step only. The --target=aarch64-arm-none-eabi option tells the compiler to target the AArch64 state of the ARMv8-A architecture.

    The compiler creates an object file hello_world.o

  3. Link the file:
    armlink -o hello_world.axf --force_scanlib hello_world.o 

    The -o option tells the linker to name the output image hello_world.axf, rather than using the default image name __image.axf.

    The --force_scanlib option tells armlink to link with the ARM libraries. This option is mandatory when running armlink directly. When armclang calls armlink, this option is automatically enabled.

  4. Use a DWARF 4 compatible debugger to load and run the image.
    The compiler produces debug information that is compatible with the DWARF 4 standard.