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Re: History of GCC

On 10/26/2016 07:07 AM, Ian Lance Taylor wrote:
On Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 10:53 PM, Will Hawkins <> wrote:

My name is Will Hawkins and I am a longtime user of gcc and admirer of
the project. I hope that this is the proper forum for the question I
am going to ask. If it isn't, please accept my apology and ignore me.

I am a real geek and I love the history behind open source projects.
I've found several good resources about the history of "famous" open
source projects and organizations (including, but definitely not
limited to, the very interesting Free as in Freedom 2.0).

Unfortunately there does not appear to be a good history of the
awesome and fundamental GCC project. I know that there is a page on
the wiki ( but that is really the
best that I can find.

Am I missing something? Are there good anecdotes about the history of
the development of GCC that you think I might find interesting? Any
pointers would be really great!

Thanks for taking the time to read my questions. Thanks in advance for
any information that you have to offer. I really appreciate everyone's
effort to make such a great compiler suite. It's only with such a
great compiler that all our other open source projects are able to

There is some history and links at .

In my opinion, the history of GCC is not really one of drama or even
anecdotes, except for the EGCS split.  There are plenty of people who
work on GCC out of personal interest, but for decades now the majority
of work on GCC has been by people paid to work on it.  I expect that
the result is less interesting as history and more interesting as
Agreed. Speaking for myself, I got interested in GCC to solve a problem, then another, then another... Hacking GCC made for an interesting hobby for a few years. I never imagined it would turn into a career, but 20 years later, here I am. I wouldn't be surprised if others have followed a similar path.


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