Re: [dev] GCC situation

From: Calvin Morrison <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:51:38 -0500

On 24 November 2014 at 15:46, Calvin Morrison <> wrote:
> On 24 November 2014 at 15:44, koneu <> wrote:
>> Greetings.
>> Markus Wichmann wrote:
>>> compiling with -O3 will result in some broken binaries. Somewhere. Why?
>> Because -O3 is very aggressive and should NOT be used. Especially not
>> when compiling/bootstrapping a system. In most cases it makes things
>> buggier and bigger, in some cases even slower. Use -O2.
> I've used -O3 for a long time in several projects that are heavily
> tuned and not noticed any issues. I think there is a large stigma
> around -O3 but if you just take a few minutes to read about -O3 you'll
> learn quickly what is safe to use and what could cause problems. You
> seem like a hater.

before you FUD, there's lots of good stuff, like vectorization, and my
two favorites

-finline-functions, which is great for having efficient code, while
making sure you code is readable.
 -funswitch-loops, this is a great optimization which helps deal with
stupid programmers
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