Test Test Test Test - 6 months ago 22
Linux Question

Cuda compiler not working with GCC 4.5 +

I am new to Cuda, and I am trying to compile this simple


#include <stdio.h>

__global__ void kernel(void)

int main (void)
printf( "Hello, World!\n");
return 0;


using this:
nvcc test_1.cu

The output I get is:

In file included from /usr/local/cuda/bin/../include/cuda_runtime.h:59:0,
from <command-line>:0:
/usr/local/cuda/bin/../include/host_config.h:82:2: error: #error -- unsupported GNU version! gcc 4.5 and up are not supported!

my gcc --version:

gcc (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.6.1-9ubuntu3) 4.6.1
Copyright (C) 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO

How can I install a second version of gcc (4.4 -) along with 4.6 without messing everything up?

I found this old topic:

CUDA incompatible with my gcc version

the answer was:

gcc 4.5 and 4.6 are not supported with CUDA - code won't compile and
the rest of the toolchain, including cuda-gdb, won't work properly.
You cannot use them, and the restriction is non-negotiable.

Your only solution is to install a gcc 4.4 version as a second
compiler (most distributions will allow that). There is an option to
nvcc --compiler-bindir which can be used to point to an alternative
compiler. Create a local directory and the make symbolic links to the
supported gcc version executables. Pass that local directory to nvcc
via the --compiler-bindir option, and you should be able to compile
CUDA code without effecting the rest of your system.

But I have no idea how to do it


Doing some research online shows several methods for accomplishing this task. I just tested the method found here: http://www.vectorfabrics.com/blog/item/cuda_4.0_on_ubuntu_11.04 and it worked like a charm for me. It steps you through installing gcc 4.4 and creating scripts to run that version with nvcc. If you prefer trying the method mentioned in your post I'd recommend following that first link to install gcc4.4 and then create symbolic links as mentioned in your post. Creating symbolic links in Linux is accomplished by using the 'ln' command.

For example:

 ln -s [source file/folder path] [linkpath]

This link gives a few examples of creating symbolic links on both Ubuntu and Windows: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16226/complete-guide-to-symbolic-links-symlinks-on-windows-or-linux/. Hopefully that points you in the right direction.