GCC 8 and tools now in beta for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7
- GCC 8.2.1
- GDB 8.2
- Updated components such as SystemTap, Valgrind, OProfile, and many more
To get started, see: How to install GCC 8 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more details, see the “New Features” section below.
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New features in Developer Toolset 8:
Version 8 of the Developer Toolset (DTS) is based on GCC version 8.2.1, and DTS users are encouraged to update to DTS 8. The following new compiler features are included in GCC 8:
- Interprocedural optimization improvements
- Improvements in profile driven optimizations (PGO)
- Improvements in link time optimizations (LTO)
- Changes in loop nest optimization flags
- New code generation options to increase program security (-fstack-clash-protection)
- Various new warnings to detect potentially buggy code with security implications
- Various improvements to GCOV
- The sanitizers have been extended to detect more invalid cases
- Also, various warnings for the front ends have been added. Some of the existing warnings have been extended. Diagnostic messages have been improved
New changes in the GCC 8 stable release over the GCC 7 series includes:
- Intel Cannonlake support. And GCC 8 also has initial targeting for Intel Icelake, Cannonlake’s successor.
- Improved tuning for AMD Zen “znver1” microarchitecture.
- ARMv8.4-A support as well as now officially supporting the ARM Cortex-A55 and Cortex-A75 CPUs.
- Qualcomm Saphira CPU support, Qualcomm’s new ARM server CPU core.
- Default to C17 for C code and on the C++ side is initial work towards C++2A.
- Libstdc++ has improved experimental support for C++17 and experimental support for C++2A.
- Preparations for Fortran 2018.
- Various work around Spectre mitigation for different architectures.
- Correct -march=native handling on ARM/AArch64.
- Intel Cilk Plus support was dropped while separately Intel MPX (Memory Protection Extensions) was deprecated and will likely be dropped in GCC 9.
Developer Toolset 8 also includes updates for debugging, optimizing, and performance tools:
- binutils: 2.30
- dwz: 0.12
- elfutils: 0.174
- oprofile: 1.3.0
- systemtap: 3.3
- valgrind: 3.14.0
- dyninst: 9.3.2
- strace: 4.24
- memstomp: 0.1.5
- ltrace: 0.7.91
- make: 4.2.1
Developer Toolset with GCC 8 runs on RHEL 6 (x86_64) and 7 (x86_64, ppc64, ppc64le, aarch64, s390x)
For more information:
- How to install GCC 8and Clang/LLVM 6 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- The quickest way to Hello World
- Red Hat Developer Toolset pages
- Red Hat Developer Toolset documentation