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Title:
The Definitive Guide to GCC
Author:
Wall&Hagen
ISBN:
1-59059-109-7
Publisher:
Apress
Pages:
500pp
Price:
£35-50
Reviewer:
Ian Bruntlett
Subject:
unix
Appeared in:
16-6
The big question that I intend to address is: why buy this book instead of relying on the free book "An introduction to GCC for the GNU compilers gcc and g++?"

Well, this book does cover more ground than its rival - sadly, like its competitor it fails to document the GNU debugger (gdb) or the-Weffc++option or evenmake- it does cover automake which makes the make oversight surprising. However, in this book's favour it is unique in covering:

  • l How to build GCC from source.
  • l Using autocong and automake.
  • l Using libtool.
  • l Trouble shooting GCC (including build& installation problems).
  • l GCC online help (GNU info) - although it fails to mention that info is obsolete if you're using KDE - just open a Konqueror window and type in ##gcc.

Verdict: If you want a comprehensive reference, buy this book. Otherwise buy or print "An introduction to GCC". Recommended.