clang are both known to be compiler drivers. As such, the
gcc executable does not compile anything itself. Rather, it calls the compiler (
cc1), assembler (
as) and linker (
ld) with the right flags as needed.
Is this setup true also for the Microsoft C compiler,
cl.exe? Is there actually some other executable that does the compilation? I assume that at least the assembling and linking are done by separate executables, since I know that
ml.exe (known as MASM) and
link.exe exist as separate executables, so
cl.exe probably calls them.