Using mold as linker prevents libraries from being found

I installed mold using home-manager like this:

  home.packages = with pkgs; [

  home.file.".cargo/config.toml".text = ''
    linker = "clang"
    rustflags = ["-C", "link-arg=-fuse-ld=${pkgs.mold}/bin/mold"]

This works fine as long as I’m building pure Rust projects. When I tried to build something that needed libpq, compilation failed saying not found.

The issue goes away if I remove the cargo/config.toml.

Any idea how to fix this?

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This is probably the same issue lld has: LLD linker does not have required nixpkgs wrapper script and flags · Issue #24744 · NixOS/nixpkgs · GitHub

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Apparently we do have a wrapped lld now, but it’s not in pkgs.lld, it’s in pks.llvmPackages.bintools.

Let me restate the solution more clearly:

There are two packages that provide LLD in nixpkgs: pkgs.lld and pkgs.llvmPackages.bintools . The former is unwrapped, and doesn’t, eg, set rpath. The latter is wrapped, and just works. So, the following fixed the issue I was having with compiling Rust code:


Source: LLD linker does not have required nixpkgs wrapper script and flags · Issue #24744 · NixOS/nixpkgs · GitHub

I just found the same issue as the OP.

I managed to comeup with a fix: I’m not sure this is the best way to go, but it does make mold work. I’ve applied this in a small rust project:

Basically, it consist of wrapping mold binaries with bintools-wrapper/

    devShells = forAllSystems (pkgs: with pkgs; let
      bintools-wrapper = "${nixpkgs}/pkgs/build-support/bintools-wrapper";
      mold' = symlinkJoin {
        name = "mold";
        paths = [ mold ];
        nativeBuildInputs = [ pkgs.makeWrapper ];
        suffixSalt = lib.replaceStrings ["-" "."] ["_" "_"] targetPlatform.config;
        postBuild = ''
          for bin in ${mold}/bin/*; do
            rm $out/bin/"$(basename "$bin")"

            export prog="$bin"
            substituteAll "${bintools-wrapper}/" $out/bin/"$(basename "$bin")"
            chmod +x $out/bin/"$(basename "$bin")"

            mkdir -p $out/nix-support
            substituteAll "${bintools-wrapper}/" $out/nix-support/
            substituteAll "${bintools-wrapper}/" $out/nix-support/
            substituteAll "${bintools-wrapper}/../wrapper-common/utils.bash" $out/nix-support/utils.bash
    in {
      default = mkShell.override({ stdenv = gcc12Stdenv; }) {
        NIX_CFLAGS_LINK = "-fuse-ld=mold";
        packages = [ cargo clippy gdb rust-analyzer rustc rustfmt mold' ];
        inputsFrom = [ mtt ];

I added a useMoldLinker stdenv adapter stdenvAdapters: add useMoldLinker · NixOS/nixpkgs@299a7bd · GitHub