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Compilation Times, Binary Sizes For GCC 4.2 To GCC 4.8

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Published on 17 March 2013 12:52 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler
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Compiler benchmarks at Phoronix commonly look at the performance of resulting binaries while less of a focus is the compilation time and binary sizes. However, a developer has carried out GCC benchmarks of the compilation times and binary sizes in different scenarios for GCC releases going from GCC 4.2 to the upcoming GCC 4.8.

Steven Bosscher compared the compilation times and binary sizes of the past GCC releases and posted his results on the GCC mailing list. His key findings come down to:

- GCC 4.8 is not slower than earlier releases going back to GCC 4.2.4 for an optimized non-debug build. When using debug information, however, the compilation time rose by 17%.

- CC1 in GCC 4.8 is two times the size as it was in GCC 4.2.4. The .bss section in particular is much larger than with earlier releases of the GNU Compiler Collection.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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