The SPARC chip family includes several successive versions, using the same core instruction set, but including a few additional instructions at each version. There are exceptions to this however. For details on what instructions each variant supports, please see the chip's architecture reference manual.
as assumes the core instruction set (SPARC
v6), but “bumps” the architecture level as needed: it switches to
successively higher architectures as it encounters instructions that
only exist in the higher levels.
If not configured for SPARC v9 (
sparc64-*-*) GAS will not bump
past sparclite by default, an option must be passed to enable the
GAS treats sparclite as being compatible with v8, unless an architecture is explicitly requested. SPARC v9 is always incompatible with sparclite.
-Av6 | -Av7 | -Av8 | -Asparclet | -Asparclite
-Av8plus | -Av8plusa | -Av9 | -Av9a
asreports a fatal error if it encounters an instruction or feature requiring an incompatible or higher level.
`-Av8plus' and `-Av8plusa' select a 32 bit environment.
`-Av9' and `-Av9a' select a 64 bit environment and are not available unless GAS is explicitly configured with 64 bit environment support.
`-Av8plusa' and `-Av9a' enable the SPARC V9 instruction set with
-xarch=v8plus | -xarch=v8plusa
-32 | -64