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Clang 3.8 (In-Progress) Release Notes

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Clang 3.8 (In-Progress) Release Notes

Written by the LLVM Team


These are in-progress notes for the upcoming Clang 3.8 release. You may prefer the Clang 3.7 Release Notes.


This document contains the release notes for the Clang C/C++/Objective-C frontend, part of the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, release 3.8. Here we describe the status of Clang in some detail, including major improvements from the previous release and new feature work. For the general LLVM release notes, see the LLVM documentation. All LLVM releases may be downloaded from the LLVM releases web site.

For more information about Clang or LLVM, including information about the latest release, please check out the main please see the Clang Web Site or the LLVM Web Site.

Note that if you are reading this file from a Subversion checkout or the main Clang web page, this document applies to the next release, not the current one. To see the release notes for a specific release, please see the releases page.

What’s New in Clang 3.8?

Some of the major new features and improvements to Clang are listed here. Generic improvements to Clang as a whole or to its underlying infrastructure are described first, followed by language-specific sections with improvements to Clang’s support for those languages.

Major New Features

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Improvements to Clang’s diagnostics

Clang’s diagnostics are constantly being improved to catch more issues, explain them more clearly, and provide more accurate source information about them. The improvements since the 3.7 release include:

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New Compiler Flags

The option ....

New Pragmas in Clang

Clang now supports the ...

Windows Support

Clang’s support for building native Windows programs ...

C Language Changes in Clang


C11 Feature Support


C++ Language Changes in Clang

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C++11 Feature Support


Internal API Changes

These are major API changes that have happened since the 3.7 release of Clang. If upgrading an external codebase that uses Clang as a library, this section should help get you past the largest hurdles of upgrading.

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AST Matchers

The AST matcher functions were renamed to reflect the exact AST node names, which is a breaking change to AST matching code. The following matchers were affected:

Previous Matcher Name New Matcher Name
recordDecl recordDecl and cxxRecordDecl
ctorInitializer cxxCtorInitializer
constructorDecl cxxConstructorDecl
destructorDecl cxxDestructorDecl
methodDecl cxxMethodDecl
conversionDecl cxxConversionDecl
memberCallExpr cxxMemberCallExpr
constructExpr cxxConstructExpr
unresolvedConstructExpr cxxUnresolvedConstructExpr
thisExpr cxxThisExpr
bindTemporaryExpr cxxBindTemporaryExpr
newExpr cxxNewExpr
deleteExpr cxxDeleteExpr
defaultArgExpr cxxDefaultArgExpr
operatorCallExpr cxxOperatorCallExpr
forRangeStmt cxxForRangeStmt
catchStmt cxxCatchStmt
tryStmt cxxTryStmt
throwExpr cxxThrowExpr
boolLiteral cxxBoolLiteral
nullPtrLiteralExpr cxxNullPtrLiteralExpr
reinterpretCastExpr cxxReinterpretCastExpr
staticCastExpr cxxStaticCastExpr
dynamicCastExpr cxxDynamicCastExpr
constCastExpr cxxConstCastExpr
functionalCastExpr cxxFunctionalCastExpr
temporaryObjectExpr cxxTemporaryObjectExpr
CUDAKernalCallExpr cudaKernelCallExpr

recordDecl() previously matched AST nodes of type CXXRecordDecl, but now matches AST nodes of type RecordDecl. If a CXXRecordDecl is required, use the cxxRecordDecl() matcher instead.


New Issues Found

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Python Binding Changes

The following methods have been added:

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Additional Information

A wide variety of additional information is available on the Clang web page. The web page contains versions of the API documentation which are up-to-date with the Subversion version of the source code. You can access versions of these documents specific to this release by going into the “clang/docs/” directory in the Clang tree.

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