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Re: gcc 3.5 integration branch proposal
On Mon, Jan 19, 2004 at 11:07:59AM -0500, Scott Robert Ladd wrote:
> Define a "lean-and-mean" build, perhaps focused on C, that reduces
> system requirements and focuses on compilation speed. One of GCC's key
> advantages is its support for "older" hardware.
Nope, `used to be'.
Yes, that's past sense.
But older hardware is no longer really supported by GCC, between the
large memory footprint and the huge compilation slowdown.
I believe that's a choice that has been made by several people.
There are compromises to be made, as always. And current GCC is going
toward aggressive optimizations on modern hardware.
Don't say it has `good support' for older hardware. The increased
compilation times and memory footprint make that a complete lie.
I, for one, would love to get it back to `normal' behavior, while
keeping the aggressive optimization on newer machines.
Another data point: I don't think I have an especially slow development
machine (PIII 1.2GHz), even though it's two years old, and yet the
project I work with entails compilation times of over a day...