Simple Cross Compiling Question

Jason Self jason at
Tue Jun 22 12:46:43 EDT 2010

Chris Troutner wrote:
> Hey all,
> I've got a pretty simple question:
> Is it possible (in terms of availability) to compile a C program on the
> NanoNote, natively? Or do you have to cross compile everything on a host
> PC?

Compiling a simple application that says "Hello World" and exits takes 5
minutes to compile on the Ben.

Now add to this that most programs are much more complicated, and you have
a compile that takes days or weeks to complete (assuming you can avoid
running out of memory in the process.)

So yes, you /could/ compuile on the Ben but you could also hit yourself
with a hammer. Just because you /can/ doesn't mean you /should/. :)

Cross comiling is much faster.

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