This page explains how to use clang with the NetBSD base system. See also how to use clang to build packages.

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Since NetBSD 6, the base system has included clang, but it is not built or used by default.

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There are three steps that can be taken with clang; each depends on the previous.

Building clang

To build clang as part of the build, set


in mk.conf before running " release".

This will build clang, which will appear in /usr/bin/clang and also build libraries that clang needs. NetBSD itself will not be built with clang, but you will be able to use clang to build programs.

Using clang to build the NetBSD base system

In addition, set


to cause clang to be used instead of gcc.

Not building gcc

On a system that builds clang and uses it to build the base system, you can refrain from building gcc, by additionally adding:



On NetBSD-current, clang builds successfully on several architectures. These builds are with all three of the above flags enabled.

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