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Re: gcc, march and sse

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 10:26 AM, Joel Carnat <> wrote:
> Hello,
> I read that Slackware Linux compiles most of its packages with
> "-march=i486 -mtune=i686". As far as I understood gcc's manpage, this
> means "keep code compatible with 486 CPU but allow the use pentiumpro
> special features", right ?
> Still from the man page, MMX is supported since "pentium2 (or pentium-mmx
> only)", SSE since "pentium3", SSE2 since "pentium-m", SSE3 since
> "prescott".
> I tweaked my mk.conf to compile pkgsrc (on a domU) using "-O2 -march=486
> -mtune=686" but I'm now wondering if any on those compiled programs will
> use MMX or SSE when running on my laptop or intel-based servers (intel
> core2duo).
> Then second question, in case the previous thought is correct, if I use
> "-march=i486 -mtune=nocona", is there a way to see which instruction the
> program uses ? For example, if I compile xorg/firefox/mplayer and then run
> it in a special manner, can I see that the core2duo uses MMX/SSE*
> instruction while the C3 only use MMX instruction (from the same binary) ?
> TIA,
>    Jo
Well, there's this script or something that can figure out the ideal
flags for you so you don't have to worry about it.

On my pentium3 machine it has everything building with MMX
instruction, and everything seems to be working nicely.

Hope this helps.

Jim Capozzoli

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