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gcc 4.0 C++ Compilation Speed

Friday, 29 April 2005  |  beineri

KDE sources now blacklist gcc 4.0.0 because it miscompiles KDE but that shouldn't be a reason to do no compilation benchmarks, or? :-) My test machine was an Athlon XP 2600+ with 512MB and SUSE 9.3's gcc 3.3.5. The other gcc versions were pure gcc.

My first test was to compile Qt 3.3.4:

             -O0     -O2
gcc 3.3.5   23m40   31m38
gcc 3.4.3   22m47   28m45
gcc 4.0.0   13m16   19m23

Next I compiled kdelibs/HEAD with --enable-final and unsermake -j 2:

             -O0     -O2
gcc 3.3.5   14m44   27m28
gcc 3.4.3   14m49   27m03
gcc 4.0.0    9m54   23m30

Finally the usual development case, same as above without --enable-final:

gcc 3.3.5   32m56
gcc 3.4.3   32m49
gcc 4.0.0   15m15

I really like gcc 4.0's -O0 compilation speed improvement. :-) After the Subversion switch (latest rumor this weekend) I will certainly start to use gcc 4.0.1 or a recent snapshot. Let us hope that gcc 4.1 keeps the optimization promises for generated code the same way.

Emerging question: When will we see "unsertool" replacing the slow-going libtool?