Compiling for RISC-V

Kristin Barber barber.m.kristin at
Mon Mar 9 19:02:35 UTC 2020

Hi Richard, thanks for the reply. It was helpful.

You are correct, I was able to find a configuration that worked by passing
the RISC-V compiler via "make variable" assignment, along with some
relevant options.  Things start compiling, but the build fails on what
seems to be architecture-specific assembly files which are selected based
on which "platform" has been configured.  It did not seem to me that there
were RISC-V assembly-specific files as an option here, and based on your
reply, I think that is indeed the issue.  Am I understanding this correctly?



On Mon, Mar 9, 2020 at 3:03 AM Richard Levitte <levitte at> wrote:

> On Mon, 09 Mar 2020 05:18:17 +0100,
> Kristin Barber wrote:
> > I've looked at the INSTALL docs, and it doesn't seem that RISC-V
> processors are supported
> > currently as a platform. Is this correct?
> That is correct.  No one has implemented that support yet.
> > Is there a branch which enables configuring for a RISC-V machine that
> hasn't yet made it into a
> > stable release?
> Not that I know of.  Although, this same question has also been raised
> on github (I forget the issue number).
> > Any advice on where to look for information or changes to the build
> process in order to compile
> > for RISC-V?
> The first thing to attempt is a generic build with no assembler.
> There are some really simply config targets that could be a first
> step, one of:
>     ./Configure cc
>     ./Configure gcc
> A (pretty big) step up from that, at least if Linux is your target,
> would be one of these:
>     ./Configure linux-generic32
>     ./Configure linux-generic64
> Note that in either case, you may have to add C flags and ld flags,
> which you can do in one of two ways:
> 1)  directly on the configuration command line, like this (Configure
>     makes an educated guess on what flags go where):
>     ./Configure linux-generic64 -m64 -DWHATEVER=value -Wl,-something
> 2)  via "make variable" assignment:
>     ./Configure linux-generic64 \
>                 CPPFLAGS='-DWHATEVER=value' \
>                 CFLAGS='-m64' \
>                 LDFLAGS='-Wl,-something'
> At some point, you might find a combination that works for you.  We
> would definitely like to know what you figure out, and it may be that
> the result makes it into our database of config targets (which, if
> you're curious, are the files Configurations/*.conf).
> Now, configuration is the easy bit when it comes to new CPUs,
> relatively speaking.  I assume that part of your question is whether
> there is assembler support.  This is the hard part in terms of
> effort.  We currently have no such thing at all for RISC-V, and I
> haven't seen any attempts to start such an effort...  PRs would
> certainly be welcome, but anyone who tries this will have to be
> prepared for it to take a while to get into the main source.
> Cheers,
> Richard
> --
> Richard Levitte         levitte at
> OpenSSL Project
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