effect of -fPIC on code speed

Miles Bader miles@gnu.org
Thu Sep 16 14:26:00 GMT 2010

Andrew Haley <aph@redhat.com> writes:
> I don't think it will do much harm, but I don't think it will do much
> good either.  There will be some size increase with PIC, and that will
> inevitably cause some slowdown.  Some processors are better than others:
> 32-bit x86 isn't so good with PIC.

Hmm, I wonder why my objs seemed to mostly get smaller...
Is PIC on x86-64 notably better than x86?


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