The Haxe Target

When compiling from haxe, via hxcpp, a "Build.xml" file is generated in the output directory. The file lists the generated files and dependencies and ultimately includes the "toolchain/haxe-target.xml" file, which describes how to combine these files.

Include Order

There are a few compilcations when setting the order in which things are configured, since a particular build might want to: - set the compiler - override some compiler settings - make decisions based on the compiler or settings - set or use standard file prefixes/suffixes

Example Sequence

You can see which files are included by setting the HXCPP_VERBOSE define when compiling. One example is for a hypothetical user 'Hugh' on a windows platform:

Using makefile: Build.xml
No specified toolchain
 - Parsing include: C:/Users/Hugh/dev/hxcpp/toolchain/setup.xml
 - Parsing include: C:\Users\Hugh\.hxcpp_config.xml (section "vars")
Using Windows compiler: MSVC
 - Parsing include: C:/Users/Hugh/dev/hxcpp/toolchain/finish-setup.xml
 - Parsing makefile: C:\Users\Hugh\test\proj\cpp\Build.xml
 - Parsing include: C:/Users/Hugh/dev/hxcpp/build-tool/BuildCommon.xml
 - Parsing include: C:/Users/Hugh/dev/hxcpp/toolchain/haxe-target.xml
 - Parsing include: C:/Users/Hugh/dev/hxcpp/toolchain/msvc-toolchain.xml
 - Parsing compiler: C:/Users/Hugh/dev/hxcpp/toolchain/common-defines.xml
 - Parsing include: C:\Users\Hugh\.hxcpp_config.xml (section "exes")
  • setup.xml is read because no custom toolchain is specified, and this just include hxcpp_config
  • the 'vars' section of hxcpp_config is read - mainly to setup SDK locations
  • the hxcpp build tool then uses internal logic based on host and defines to work out which compiler/toolchain to use
  • finish-setup then sets a bunch of standard defines for file-extensions and linking flags based on the type of toolchain being used.
  • The provided buildfile (Build.xml) is then processed. It can use the standard defines from finish-setup.
  • Build.xml imports the standard haxe-target buildfile, which adds standard runtime files
  • The toolchain file is then parsed - making use of any settings from the main Build.xml and finish-setup.
  • This file includes the "common-defines.xml" from the compiler to inject standard haxe compiler flags
  • hxcpp_config "exe" is parsed. Historically to add libraries or build-paths to targets.

Standard Environment

finish-setup.xml is where the conventions are set. These variables include: - haxelink = dll|static_link|exe - LIBPREFIX = lib|"" - LIBEXTRA =

 +  .iphonesim-64
 +  .iphonesim
 +  .iphoneos
 +  .iphoneos-v7
 +  .iphoneos-v7s
 +  .iphoneos-64
 +  .appletvsim-64
 +  .appletvsim
 +  .watchos
 +  .watchsimulator
 +  -x86
 +  -v7
 +  -64
  • HX_LINK_SUFFIX = LIBEXTRA | -19 (msvc 19)
  • LIBEXT = .a|.lib
  • DBG = ""|"-debug"
  • OBJEXT = "-list-of-config-ids" depending on available options

These variables are used by haxe-target - you can use them too. Haxe then builds the "haxe" target, which uses some code like:


  <target id="haxe" tool="linker" toolid="${haxelink}" output="${HAXE_OUTPUT_FILE}">
    <ext value="${LIBEXTRA}.a" if="static_link" /> 
    <!-- ... -->
    <files id="__main__" unless="static_link" />
    <files id="__lib__" if="static_link"/>
    <files id="__resources__" />
    <files id="__externs__" />
    <files id="runtime" unless="dll_import" />
    <files id="cppia" if="scriptable" />
    <lib name="-lpthread" if="linux" unless="static_link" />
    <lib name="-ldl" if="linux" unless="static_link" />

Here you can see the vaious file groups, which are enabled or not depending on the compiler mode, and some standard libraries that are needed for Linux.

Experimenting With Hxcpp Generated Code/Build.xml

If you are using external cpp code, or using meta-data to inject xml into the build process, and you are getting a compile or link error, then it can be useful to run the hxcpp build tool without re-running haxe. This lets you hand-edit the build file or generated c++ code until you get things to work. Once you have solved the issues using this technique, then you can move the changes back into the injected/external code.

First, compile haxe with '-v' flag. This gives quite a bit of debug, but will include a like like this:

haxelib run hxcpp Build.xml haxe -Dhaxe3="1" -Dhaxe_ver="4.000" -Dhxcpp_api_level="332" -Dsource-header="Generated by Haxe 4.0.0" -I"" -I"C:/Users/Hugh/dev/haxe/std/cpp/_std/" -I"C:/Users/Hugh/dev/haxe/std/"

To use this, first change directories to your output directory. This will be the one you specified with the "-cpp" haxe compiler option. Then, cut and paste this command into a shell, cmd or batch file.

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