Sunday, April 17, 2005

Speed up long links in GCC by 10x

I usually get very slow linking times for C++ applications that use a lot of huge libraries with debug information. I got a 10x speedup in GNU/Linux just by upgrading my linker to the latest CVS snapshot. Simply install a new binutils package from:

Basically do a ./configure && make install then remove your old binutils package that comes with your distro.

I went from 30s link time to 3s :-)) I can finally debug my app without annoying delays.

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