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This describes the levels of support for various ARM® Compiler 6 features.
ARM Compiler 6 is built on Clang and LLVM technology. Therefore it has more functionality than the set of product features described in the documentation. The following definitions clarify the levels of support and guarantees on functionality that are expected from these features.
ARM welcomes feedback regarding the use of all ARM Compiler 6 features, and endeavors to support users to a level that is appropriate for that feature. You can contact support at http://www.arm.com/support.
All features that are documented in the ARM Compiler 6 documentation are product features, except where explicitly stated. The limitations of non-product features are explicitly stated.
Product features are suitable for use in a production environment. The functionality is well-tested, and is expected to be stable across feature and update releases.
In addition to fully supported product features, some product features are only alpha or beta quality.
Beta product features are implementation complete, but have not been sufficiently tested to be regarded as suitable for use in production environments.
Beta product features are indicated with [BETA].
Alpha product features are not implementation complete, and are subject to change in future releases, therefore the stability level is lower than in beta product features.
Alpha product features are indicated with [ALPHA].
ARM Compiler 6 is built on LLVM technology and preserves the functionality of that technology where possible. This means that there are additional features available in ARM Compiler that are not listed in the documentation. These additional features are known as community features. For information on these community features, see the documentation for the Clang/LLVM project.
Where community features are referenced in the documentation, they are indicated with [COMMUNITY].
Some community features might become product features in the future, but ARM provides no roadmap for this. ARM is interested in understanding your use of these features, and welcomes feedback on them. ARM supports customers using these features on a best-effort basis, unless the features are unsupported. ARM accepts defect reports on these features, but does not guarantee that these issues will be fixed in future releases.
There are several factors to consider when assessing the likelihood of a community feature being functional:
The following figure shows the structure of the ARM Compiler 6 toolchain:
The dashed boxes are toolchain components, and any interaction between these components is an integration boundary. Community features that span an integration boundary might have significant limitations in functionality. The exception to this is if the interaction is codified in one of the standards supported by ARM Compiler 6. See Application Binary Interface (ABI) for the ARM® Architecture. Community features that do not span integration boundaries are more likely to work as expected.
With both the product and community feature categories, specific features and use-cases are known not to function correctly, or are not intended for use with ARM Compiler 6.
Limitations of product features are stated in the documentation. ARM cannot provide an exhaustive list of unsupported features or use-cases for community features. The known limitations on community features are listed in Community features.
The following is an incomplete list of unsupported features, and might change over time:
-stdlib=libstdc++is not supported.