[dev] Optimizing C compiler & c++ compiler/runtime

From: Sylvain BERTRAND <sylware_AT_legeek.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:49:43 +0100

Is there any remaining good c++ compiler/runtime which can
boostrap using a C compiler/minimal runtime?

Since its 4.8 version, gcc cannot bootstrap with a C
compiler/minimal runtime, it needs a c++ compiler and runtime.
Making gcc 4.7 series the last "clean" gcc.

I heard about openwatcom (but it seems the license is kind of

Since, it's near impossible to re-write/unroll all the
"mandatory" c++ components in C quickly (harfbuzz,
gecko/webkit...), what to do? Any suggestions?

There is also the question of finding a new C99 optimizing
compiler written properly in C of course.
tinycc is interesting. It would require just a few basic
optimization passes to make it a reasonable alternative to gcc.
There is also the openwatcom compiler.
Anything else?
Received on Fri Dec 20 2013 - 13:49:43 CET

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