GCC 8 Might Pursue Better, More Modern Default Options
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 12 September 2017 at 10:43 AM EDT. 4 Comments
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Motivated by the 2017 GNU Tools Cauldron, an ARM developer is looking for feedback on improving the options enabled by default for the GCC 8 compiler.

Wilco Dijkstra of ARM is looking to possibly loosen GCC's conservative defaults a bit by allowing some more modern options by default and possibly adding more optimizations to -O2 too.

Among the options he is initially thinking of seeing turned on by default would be -fno-math-errno, -fno-trapping-math, -fno-common, and -fomit-frame-pointer.

Wilco just posted this RFC message a short time ago but it will be interesting to monitor the thread to see what comes of it and what other options/optimizations might get the default blessing for next year's GCC 8 release.

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