5.17. Cross GCC-4.8.1 - Final

The GCC package contains the GNU compiler collection, which includes the C and C++ compilers.

5.17.1. Installation of GCC Cross Compiler

The following patch contains a number of updates to the 4.8.1 branch by the GCC developers:

patch -Np1 -i ../gcc-4.8.1-branch_update-3.patch

Make a couple of essential adjustments to the specs file to ensure GCC uses our build environment:

patch -Np1 -i ../gcc-4.8.1-specs-1.patch

Change the StartFile Spec so that GCC looks in /tools:

echo -en '\n#undef STANDARD_STARTFILE_PREFIX_1\n#define STANDARD_STARTFILE_PREFIX_1 "/tools/lib/"\n' >> gcc/config/rs6000/sysv4.h
echo -en '\n#undef STANDARD_STARTFILE_PREFIX_2\n#define STANDARD_STARTFILE_PREFIX_2 ""\n' >> gcc/config/rs6000/sysv4.h

The GCC documentation recommends building GCC outside of the source directory in a dedicated build directory:

mkdir -v ../gcc-build
cd ../gcc-build

Prepare GCC for compilation:

AR=ar LDFLAGS="-Wl,-rpath,/cross-tools/lib" \
  ../gcc-4.8.1/configure --prefix=/cross-tools \
  --build=${CLFS_HOST} --target=${CLFS_TARGET} --host=${CLFS_HOST} \
  --with-sysroot=${CLFS} --with-local-prefix=/tools \
  --with-native-system-header-dir=/tools/include --disable-nls \
  --enable-shared --disable-static --enable-languages=c,c++ \
  --enable-__cxa_atexit --enable-c99 --enable-long-long --enable-threads=posix \
  --disable-multilib --with-mpc=/cross-tools --with-mpfr=/cross-tools \
  --with-gmp=/cross-tools --with-cloog=/cross-tools \
  --enable-cloog-backend=isl --with-isl=/cross-tools \
  --disable-isl-version-check --with-system-zlib --enable-checking=release \

The meaning of the new configure options:


This option ensures that only the C and C++ compilers are built.


This option allows use of __cxa_atexit, rather than atexit, to register C++ destructors for local statics and global objects and is essential for fully standards-compliant handling of destructors. It also affects the C++ ABI and therefore results in C++ shared libraries and C++ programs that are interoperable with other Linux distributions.


Enable C99 support for C programs.


Enables long long support in the compiler.


This enables C++ exception handling for multi-threaded code.

Continue with compiling the package:


Install the package:

make install

Details on this package are located in Section 10.16.2, “Contents of GCC.”