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SubjectRe: -Os versus -O2
On Sun, Jun 24, 2007 at 09:34:05PM -0400, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Adrian Bunk wrote:
>> The interesting questions are:
>> Does -Os still sometimes generate faster code with gcc 4.2?
>> If yes, why?
> Smaller code can mean fewer page faults, fewer cache invalidations, etc.
> It's not just a matter of compiler code generation, gotta look at the whole
> picture.

Sure, but my point is that if the kernel is considered special and the
best optimization for the kernel is therefore between -Os and -O2, we
should try to find this point of best optimization.

This should address Arjans point that -Os might not be best choice for
best performance (and it's actually our fault if gcc generates stupid
but small code when we use -Os).

> Jeff



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of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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