I'm cross compiling ARM targeted toy example static lib for the usage in Mac iOS xCode projects.

In the lib there are only 2 files atoy.c and atoy.h with simple function taking 2 int arguments and returning int result of their combination.

Cross compilation steps are:

arm-none-eabi-gcc -g -Wall -march=armv7-a -c atoy.c
arm-none-eabi-ar rcs libatoy.a atoy.o
arm-none-eabi-ranlib libatoy.a

The resulted libatoy.a used on xCode 7.1.1 with project type iOS app gives the following errors:

... normal armv7
/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Toolchains/XcodeDefault.xctoolchain/usr/bin/clang -arch armv7 -isysroot
/Users/.../Library/Developer/Xcode/DerivedData/.../Build/Intermediates/....build/Debug-iphoneos/PerformanceTest.build/Objects-normal/armv7/....LinkFileList -Xlinker -rpath -Xlinker @executable_path/Frameworks -miphoneos-version-min=9.1 -dead_strip -fembed-bitcode-marker -fobjc-arc -fobjc-link-runtime -latoy -Xlinker -dependency_info -Xlinker
ld: warning: ignoring file /Users/.../libatoy.a, file was built for archive which is not the architecture being linked (armv7): /Users/.../libatoy.a
Undefined symbols for architecture armv7:
    "_aadd", referenced from:
    -[ViewController runTest] in ViewController.o
ld: symbol(s) not found for architecture armv7
clang: error: linker command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see invocation)

There should be some .a file format differences that is generated on Linux Mint 17.2 x64. Or the case is hard Canadian cross compilation build-host-target problem?

I'm using gcc-arm-none-eabi package.

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I do remember reading about compatibility problems with XCode 7 when trying to cross compile NetBSD 7 for ARM. I gave up on that and cross compiled it in a Linux server at work, so I cannot give more details.

  • that was a reverse to my problem situation hope linux way will work. I think I need to generate binary for mac os x os Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 9:40
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    Nevertheless when I tried a couple of months ago XCode was still in beta phase. Maybe things have changed by now. What I felt all the way long was a lack of decent documentation, too much experimentation. Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 9:43
  • Linux is betterin that way gcc supports many targets including arm and darwin but how to combine them to have arm architecture in darwin mac os x format Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 9:49
  • No idea actually, that is a though one. Albeit Apple does contribute a lot downstream in patches, they also have a lot of specific modifications. That is a though one. I developed for a while for the OS/X iOS, more centered in Linux/Unix nowadays. Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 9:52

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