help GNU ld to use less memory when linking libraries compiled with -split-objs.
This is a well-known problem, but I didn't find a previous report here, probably because it is mainly a GNU ld issue. The problem is that with -split-objs, linking, say, ghc, takes a trememndous amount of memory.
Part of this problem will be fixed in ld:
In this bug report, Nick Clifton suggests to use '--hash-size=31' and possibly '--reduce-memory-overhead' when invoking ld. Since ghc is invoking gcc for linking, that would mean passing '-Xlinker --hash-size=31' and perhaps '-Xlinker --reduce-memory-overhead' to gcc.
Can we do that? Care needs to be taken if people use the -pgmL option, and we should make sure that gcc is actually using GNU ld.
In my experiments (linking ghc), --hash-size=31 helps, reducing memory usage by about a factor of 1/2; --reduce-memory-overhead without --hash-size=31 also helps (saving about 1/3), but has no noticable effect in connection with --hash-size=31. Based on that I'd suggest to only use --hash-size=31.