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The Definitive Guide to GCC is a comprehensive tutorial and guide to usingGCC, the GNU Compiler Collection. GCC is quite simply the most-used and most powerful tool for programmers on the planet. GCC has long been available for most major hardware and operating system platforms and is often the preferred compiler for those platforms. As a general-purpose compiler, GCC produces higher quality, faster performing executable code with fewer bugs than equivalent offerings supplied by hardware and software vendors. GCC, along with GNU Emacs, the Linux operating system, the Apache web server, the Sendmail mail server, and the BIND DNS server, is one of the showpieces of the free software world and proof that sometimes you can get a free lunch.

In The Definitive Guide to GCC, authors William von Hagen and Kurt Wall teach you how to build, install, customize, use, and troubleshoot GCC 3.2. This guide goes beyond just command-line invocations to show you how to use GCC to improve the quality of your code (with debugging, code profiling, and test code coverage), and how to integrate other GNU development tools, such as libtool, automake, and autoconf, into your GCC-based development projects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590591093
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 1/14/2004
  • Edition description: 1st Corrected ed. 2004. Corr. 2nd printing 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Kurt Wall first touched a computer in 1980, when he learned FORTRAN on an IBM mainframe of forgotten vintage; things have only gotten better since. A professional technical writer by trade, Kurt has worked for companies as diverse as Virtual Solutions Inc. to Caldera Systems, where he created the documentation for the OpenLinux eServer and eDesktop and associated tools. These days, Kurt works for TimeSys Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he writes all of the Linux documentation for TimeSys's embedded Linux products. Kurt is the author of Red Hat Linux Networking and System Administration, Linux Programming Unleashed, Second Edition, and Linux Programming by Example, and he's the coauthor of Red Hat Linux Weekend Crash Course, Third Edition. He has contributed to over 15 other Linux-related books covering topics such as system administration, performance tuning, clustering, and programming.

William von Hagen holds degrees in computer science, English writing, and art history. William has worked with UNIX systems since 1982, during which time he has been a system administrator, systems programmer, software developer, development manager, computing facilities operations manager, writer, documentation manager, and (now) content manager. William has written a number of books, including Linux Filesystems, Installing Red Hat Linux 7, and SGML For Dummies, and he contributed to writing Red Hat 7 Unleashed. He coauthored Mac OS X Power User's Guide with Brian Proffitt. William has written articles and software reviews for publications including Linux Magazine, Linux Format (UK), Maximum Linux, Mac Tech Magazine, Mac Home Magazine, and Mac Directory, and he has written extensive online material for CMP Media, Linux Planet, and Corel.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Using GCC's C compiler 1
Ch. 2 Using GCC's C++ compiler 41
Ch. 3 Using GCC's Fortran compiler 53
Ch. 4 Using GCC's Java compiler 79
Ch. 5 Optimizing code with GCC 101
Ch. 6 Analyzing code produced with GCC compilers 119
Ch. 7 Using Autoconf and Automake 151
Ch. 8 Using Libtool 177
Ch. 9 Troubleshooting GCC 197
Ch. 10 Additional GCC and related topic resources 215
Ch. 11 Compiling GCC 227
Ch. 12 Building and installing Glibc 247
Ch. 13 Using alternate C libraries 281
Ch. 14 Building and using C cross-compilers 299
App. A Using GCC compilers 321
App. B Machine- and processor-specific options for GCC 403
App. C Using GCC's online help 491
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2004

    More than just GCC

    This book earns the coveted 5th star for it's clear and consise discusion on how to get automake and friends built. Better than the entire contents of the Automake and Autonconf book for someone not alread familiar with getting them set up. Good explanaation of GCC and updates from the 'GCC: The Complete Reference' to cover V 3.x

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2004

    Greatly expands the standard documentation

    To some of us, gcc is an old friend. It has been around since the 80s. Predating linux, and from a time when free open source code was something weird. Gcc is a collection of compilers, and if you have a linux machine, gcc appears on it by default. But if gcc is free, why do you need this book? Well, the authors discovered a curious omission in the computing marketplace. There does not seem to be any other book in print, devoted to gcc. Other programming books, if they refer to gcc, do so only briefly. You might then ask, 'can't I just use the accompanying documentation?' Yes, but that documentation is geared towards the experienced gcc user. It is terse at the best of times, and portions can be opaque. Wall and Hagen point out that this lack of understandable documentation often turns users off gcc. They end up never using many of the powerful features added to it by experienced designers over the years. You should exploit their efforts, via this book. It explains at length the innumerable compiler options that most users never try. After reading this book, you do not have to shy away by using simple Makefiles. You can get enough understanding to actually build more powerful Makefiles; that use more fully gcc's potential. The book also treats affiliated programs. Like gcov for doing test coverage analysis. Or libtool, to make libraries. The heft of the book also answers a possible objection to the authors' efforts. That is, is there really enough to discuss to warrant an entire book? Indeed there is. Between the detailed discussion and a plentitude of examples, you might gain some appreciation of why the standard gcc documentation has been fleshed out here.

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