Compiler Optimization

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Here's a good overview on compiler optimizations:

Here's some info about GCC optimization techniques:

If you know of a good reference for what the effect of -Os are with gcc, please put it here:

In the following e-mail, Jim Wilson, who apparently supports gcc, writes:

From: Jim Wilson <wilson at specifixinc dot com> 
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 15:58:28 -0700 
Subject: Re: optimization issue about -O2 and -Os 
The -Os option is buggy. You might want to report a bug into our bugzilla
bug datase. See for more info on reporting bugs.

Though the -Os option is based on the -O2 option, it is a different option, that
generates different code, and has different bugs.

Tim Riker: this is a bit overly dramtic. -Os is widely used and widely supported. The link is to a thread about general information and does not refer to any specific bug from what I can see. Try -Os out. If you have issues, try -O2 instead. In general -Os will work. Be very careful in tweaking kernel optimizations. There is kernel code that only works with the existing optimizations.