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Re: SUMMARY: pentium optimized debian discussion

Jason Gunthorpe writes:
> On Fri, 31 Jul 1998, Joey Hess wrote:
> > Yes that's right, the pentium optimized version seems to run a lot faster on
> > a 486. The only explination I can think of is that it was built with egcs,
> > while the 386 version was built with old gcc. Maybe egcs generates
> > significantly better code. It's too late here for me to follow up on it, but
> > it'd be interesting to build an i386 gzip with egcs and see how it compares.
> You can't compare egcs to gcc 2.7, egcs is SO MUCH BETTER that it's not
> even funny :P I think it's fairly obvios that simply be recompiling
> everything with egcs will get a stunning speed increase on older machines
> and is enough to offset any nominal loss from pentium vs 386 timings.

I wouldn't be so sure about this one. Have a look at the various egcs
mailing list archives at egcs.cygnus.com. More recent snapshots didn't
performed better than gcc-2.7. There are some more optimizations
undergoing, but these won't be in the egcs-1.1 release (see

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