Thread: best gcc instruction book

  1. #1
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    best gcc instruction book

    Hello all,

    I've been learning C from a couple of different books.
    (Teach yourself C for Linux Programming in 21 Days and C Programming
    in Easy Steps)

    I'm compiling using gcc v 3.3.1 on Mandrake 9.2.

    I need to learn much much more about using gcc as I recently tried to recompile a kernel module (visor.c) with a command line sequence that I barely
    understood. (I got the -o visor.o part)

    Can anyone reccommend a good text book or books on how to use gcc for a novice (apart from the "man" pages, of course)?


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  3. #3
    Gawking at stupidity
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    Are you looking for something as in-depth as this?

    A lot of the options that you don't understand are probably just for optimization. I've never read this book, but it looks like it gets into the stuff you'd like.
    If you understand what you're doing, you're not learning anything.

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    Those were good starting points. I'll track further reviews/prices etc.

    Must limit the total yards/pounds of books on Linux!

    All further recommendations are appreciated.

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    If you just want to know enough to compile programs with a few options here and there take a look at both (which provide a brief intro at best):

    Otherwise you could always read the man pages by typing man gcc. Alternatively you could also use info gcc for the user manual for more info regarding language standards and extensions.

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