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developerWorks: Improve Collaborative Build Times with ccache

Aug 31, 2004, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin C. Brown)

"Collaboratively building a C/C++ project using cc or gcc to share source files and other components works fine with CVS, but the time required to build the application when it has been merged with everybody else's changes can be significant. Even if you're not developing a project as part of a group, recompiling an application can take a lot of time. The ccache tool improves the build performance by caching the incorporation of header files into source files and therefore speeds the build time by reducing the time required to add in header files with each compilation stage. In this article, learn how to build and install ccache, how to use it with your existing environment, and how to improve the build times in group development projects. You will also see how to use ccache and distcc together to get the best performance out of your development environment..."

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