Ubuntu gcc 8.1

     While gcc 7.3 is the default on Ubuntu, gcc 8.1 is available.  To use 8.1 put the following in your .bashrc file or otherwise set the variable CC = gcc-8: 

     export CC=”gcc-8″

     This will cause gcc-8 to automatically be used by most compile scripts.

     There are those who say 8.1 is still experimental, this may be but I compiled apache with it and it has been running stable for months.  Apache is a pretty good compiler stress test.

     The code that gcc-8 generates is significantly smaller and faster than gcc 7.3 which is the default.

     At present this is available on ubuntu.eskimo.com only.