Benj Benj - 1 month ago 9
C Question

Differences between gcc versions 4 and 5 and 6

When downloading sources for an

arm
cross-compiler I found that there are several versions of gcc in maintenance. Latest builds are v4.9.4, v5.4.0 and v6.2.0.

Why is there are a v4 that is more recent than the latest release of v5 and the first release of v6 and what are the major differences between these versions?

GNU GCC Repo

Answer

The older versions receive bug fixes only, while new features are implemented in the newer versions. From https://gcc.gnu.org/releases.html:

The table is sorted by date. Note that starting with version 3.3.4, we provide bug releases for older release branches for those users who require a very high degree of stability.

If you like it graphicly (ASCII-ART): https://gcc.gnu.org/develop.html#timeline

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