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Larger Code is Still Faster

When compiling C code with gcc, there are compiler optimizations, some that limit code size and others create fast code. From the -S flag, I see that the -O2/03 generates more assembly than the -Os ...
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register variable in C and C++

I know the concept of register variable and it's use cases but there are few questions in my mind based on what I have tried. I cannot access the address of a register variable in C though I can do ...
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Is GCC dying without threads support on Windows?

I need some opinion. GCC was always a very good compiler, but recently it is losing "appeal". I have just found that on Windows GCC does not have std::thread support, forcing Windows users to use ...
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Is there a way to use gcc as a library?

Anyone knows a solution that works something like this: #include <stdio.h> #include <gcc.h> /* This .h is what I'm looking for. */ int main (void) { /* variables declaration (...) */ ...
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How do .so files avoid problems associated with passing header-only templates like MS dll files have?

Based on the discussion around this question. I'd like to know how .so files/the ELF format/the gcc toolchain avoid problems passing classes defined purely in header files (like the std library). ...
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Questions about linking libraries in C

I am learning C (still very much a beginner) on Linux using the GCC compiler. I have noticed that some libraries, such as the library used with the math.h header, need to be linked in manually when ...
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How to write a very basic compiler

Advanced compilers like gcc compile codes into machine readable files according to the language in which the code has been written (e.g. C, C++, etc). In fact, they interpret the meaning of each codes ...
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Need help eliminating dead code paths and variables from C source code

I have a legacy C code on my hands, and I am given the task to filter dead/unused symbols and paths from it. Over the time there were many insertions and deletions, causing lots of unused symbols. I ...
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GCC: assembly listing for IA64 without an Itanium machine

I need to try the following thing: I would like to compile some simple C code samples and see the assembly listing generated by GCC for IA64 architecture, i.e. I just want to run GCC with the -S ...
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Does using GCC specific builtins qualify as incorporation within a project?

I understand that linking to a program licensed under the GPL requires that you release the source of your program under the GPL as well, while the LGPL does not require this. The terminology of the ...
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Whether to use -pedantic flag in g++ or not?

I'm learning C++ and I'm using g++ on Linux for practicing. 1) I want to know if people working as programmers use g++ -pedantic flag and also it's importance in real world. 2) What about other ...
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GCC vs clang/LLVM — pros and cons of each [closed]

What are the pros and cons of GCC vs clang/LLVM?