Using GCC

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    Using GCC

    I need some help with GCC compiler. I downloaded and extracted the files. After that I'm not really sure what to do.


    I need to use GCC to run C applications

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    GCC doesn't run applications, it takes source code and gives you a binary that you can then run (depending on the arguments you give). Have you read the man pages for it yet?
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    i need to run the following commands...

    gcc file1.c -o file1
    gcc file2.c -o file2
    /file1
    /file2


    how do i do that?

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    >how do i do that?
    I don't know, probably with a keyboard. If you don't know how to run an executable file, you shouldn't be using GCC. Go with something that holds your hand more.
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    >> I don't know, probably with a keyboard.

    Ouch.

    Hi Mak, you've got to explain yourself clearer. Help us help you.

    To run those commands, you need a terminal of some kind.
    Do you know how to use the command line?

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    okay...for example when using JDK when you compile java files...you go to JDK/BIN/
    and there you use javac to compile


    I'm not sure how this works with GCC

    i have the folder itself

    when I just type gcc file1.c -o file1


    C:\gcc-3.3.3>gcc file1.c -o file1
    'gcc' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

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    Is GCC in that directory?
    Isn't it in the BIN directory?

    If you just want to program C applications on Windows without worrying about all this command-line stuff, just download Dev-C++. It uses a version of GCC and it will save you alot of trouble.

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    thats the problem..i could not find the GCC file itself or BIN directory

    but i'll try Dev-C++

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    Wait. I think to compile C++ programs using GCC, you use g++.exe. Not gcc.exe?

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    okay...i think i got it figured out now

    thanks

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    Originally posted by Dante Shamest
    Wait. I think to compile C++ programs using GCC, you use g++.exe. Not gcc.exe?
    yes, you would use G++, or sometimes C++ (the .EXE is a windows thing) for C++ code, but he's writing C code... I suggest using Dev C++ as well... you can take a little more deep look at the switches and programs it's using (just poke through the options for a while) and eventually you'll get the hang of it and you might be able to start using GCC on it's own...
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