[swift-dev] [RFC] Modify the build system to enable/disable ObjC interop for any platform

Brian Gesiak modocache at gmail.com
Mon Nov 28 09:26:31 CST 2016

Hello all!

While reviewing https://github.com/apple/swift/pull/5904, I had a crazy
thought, and I'd like to get some feedback on it.

Here's my original comment <

Basically, I notice that we have two sets of targets we compile the Swift
runtime and standard library for:

1. 'ALL_APPLE_PLATFORMS', which is composed of macOS, iOS, tvOS, and
2. The other platforms: Linux, FreeBSD, Android, Cygwin, and (as of the
pull request above) Windows.

In other words:

1. All the platforms that support Objective-C interop. I suggest we call
2. All the platforms that don't. I suggest we call these


I think the above is a good idea, regardless of how you feel about my
other, zanier thought:

Over the weekend I learned of the mulle-objc project <
https://mulle-objc.github.io>. It boasts an Objective-C compiler and
runtime that works on Linux.

Now, I don't know if Swift's Objective-C interop will work completely with
mulle-objc, but I did a bit of experimenting over the weekend, and it seems
possible. But one obstacle is the fact that the Swift build system
conflates "an Apple target" with "capable of Objective-C interop." To even
start working with mulle-objc, I had to remove a lot of `#ifdef __APPLE__`
in the code.

So I'd like to propose that we augment the build system to allow a person
compiling the Swift project to turn Objective-C interop on or off for any
given target. That would allow me to compile for Linux, but with
Objective-C interop enabled. Alternatively, I could compile for macOS, but
with Objective-C interop disabled.

Any thoughts? I could clean up my local implementation and send a pull
request, provided there's interest.

- Brian Gesiak
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