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developerWorks: Reduce Compile Time with distcc

Jun 25, 2004, 07:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Laurence Bonney)

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"Some people prefer the convenience of pre-compiled binaries in the form of RPMs or other such installer methods. But this can be a false economy, especially with programs that are used frequently: precompiled binaries will never run as quickly as those compiled with the right optimizations for your own machine. If you use a distributed compiler, you get the best of both worlds: fast compile and faster apps. All you need is distcc.

"Given the nature of open source software, many Linux applications are distributed in a 'tarball' containing source code that you must build before you can run the application. Larger applications can take several hours to build. This article shows how you can use the distributed C compiler, distcc, to speed up the compilation of these sources so you can start using them sooner..."

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