I've been lurking on the egcs list, and a few Linux/x86ites have been
tossing around various Pentium or K6 enhanced functions (strlen and memcpy
come to mind). I was wondering what the chance of this actually being
merged into the -current cc? I was hopin we could get some Pentium
optimizations without having to use the (as of now) fairly incompatable
egcs. Or maybe get some of the dynamic library gunk merged into egcs.
I also have been lurking, and frankly the EGCS compiler is a fantastic
improvement. There is a LONG LONG way to go before the compiler will
be ready for us (but considering the progress that they have been making,
a "long long way" might mean a month or so :-)). I think that they
are doing it "right", and moving aggressively.
I have been making my own PPRO optimizations, and been tracking their
work. I'll likely offer the stuff to them, if I see that my stuff is
good enough. (I am NOT a compiler person, but have played with GCC
internals since the 1.2X days.)
We should do better to support the effort, and optionally offer the EGCS
compiler as a port. My guess is that it won't be ready to be the 3.0-RELEASE
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