I would like to compile some code on the Raspberry PI, what is the best way to do this? I'm using Arch Linux, I checked and with the pacman I can only install gcc 4.6. Do I need a cross compiler?

  • Are you interested in compiling on the Pi for the Pi? Or on a PC for the Pi? Jul 21, 2012 at 8:34
  • To compiling on the PI for the PI
    – Mokus
    Jul 21, 2012 at 8:38

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Cross-compilation is the process of compiling code for use on one platform on another platform. For example, you can compile software for the Raspberry Pi on a desktop (x86).

In your case, you want to compile software for the Raspberry Pi on the Raspberry Pi - this is normal. Just install gcc and use it as you would on a normal computer. It will default to the same architecture on which it is run.

gcc is a C compiler.
g++ is a C++ compiler.

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