GCC question

William A. Mahaffey III wam at hiwaay.net
Sat Jun 20 15:25:01 UTC 2015

I have gcc 4.8 installed on this system. I notice a slight newer version 
available, specifically referencing AMD64, which this box is:

[root at kabini1, /etc, 10:15:12am] 630 % uname -a
FreeBSD kabini1.local 9.3-RELEASE-p13 FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE-p13 #0: Tue 
Apr  7 03:01:12 UTC 2015 
root at amd64-builder.daemonology.net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC amd64
[root at kabini1, /etc, 10:15:15am] 631 % grep -i gcc LIST.installed.txt
gcc-4.8.4_3                    GNU Compiler Collection 4.8
gcc-ecj-4.5                    Eclipse Java Compiler used to build GCC Java
[root at kabini1, /etc, 10:19:39am] 632 % grep -i gcc LIST.available.txt

I only use ports for the flash library, however I am wondering if there 
might be any performance improvement in recompiling some stuff locally, 
possibly with a compiler tuned/optimized for AMD64. Is that 
amd64-gcc- such an animal ? Is it stable/solid/fully tested & 
functional, or an alpha or beta version ? Binary compatible w/ packages 
from pkg ? I normally maintain *everything* on this box (except for 
flash support) using pkg (old Convex/SGI habits die hard, plus *much* 
quicker updates), however I am sporadically curious if there might be 
any performance to be picked up in locally compiling stuff, possibly 
including the kernel. This box is a quad-core jaguar-kabini based CPU & 
is not (yet) supported for acceleration under X11, but maybe other stuff 
might speed up some, who knows. TIA & have a good one ....


	William A. Mahaffey III


	"The M1 Garand is without doubt the finest implement of war
	 ever devised by man."
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