The upcoming GCC 3.3+ upgrade

Marcin Dalecki mdcki at
Wed Jul 9 14:57:50 PDT 2003

Alexander Kabaev wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Jul 2003 14:27:42 -0700 (PDT)
> Julian Elischer <julian at> wrote:
>>p.s. this does not mean that I do not appreciate the work you are
>>doing to keep our compiler up to date.. Keep up the good work.
> Julian,
> there was nothing in your question that could possibly offend me. I do
> not take comments about GCC suckage personally. Yes, GCC 3.3 compilation
> speed is likely to suffer a bit compared to 3.2, although the change
> should be pretty minimal. There are examples where GCC 3.3 even beats
> 3.2 in compilation speed, but I would not keep much hope :)

C is tad bit slower. C++ is generally faster.
Compared with the speed of other compilers GCC is still simply ridiculous.

> The GCC folks have started to take compilation speed seriously in 3.4
> branch, we'll see if changed attitude will make a difference in their
> next major release.
> For now I am pretty happy that a newer compiler did not overflow boot2
> block. This is nice compared with a stable trend demonstrated by _all_
> previous releases.

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