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Manually building GCC 4.7.4 IRIX crosscompiler


Needed dependencies for a Debian/Ubuntu system are:

build-essential bison flex libgmp-dev libmpfr-dev libmpc-dev texinfo git

You also need a copy of IRIX’s headers and libraries. That location will be referred to as $IRIXROOT.


Grab GNU binutils 2.17a from

Extract it, then build it to a prefix of your choice with a configure line such as this: ./configure --target=mips-sgi-irix6.5 --prefix=$BINUTILS_PREFIX --with-sysroot=$IRIXROOT --enable-werror=no

Add $BINUTILS_PREFIX/bin to your PATH.

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Clone Onre’s GCC 4.7.4 IRIX branch somewhere (we will call this $GCCSRC): git clone -b gcc-4_7-irix

Choose a prefix where everything will be installed. We will call this $YOUR_PREFIX.

Create a directory for target-specific libraries and make a symlink so that the cross-building process can find the system headers. Create another symlink to that the cross-compiler finds the correct binutils.

mkdir -p $YOUR_PREFIX/mips-sgi-irix6.5/
ln -s $IRIXROOT/usr/include $YOUR_PREFIX/mips-sgi-irix6.5/sys-include
ln -s $BINUTILS_PREFIX/mips-sgi-irix6.5/bin $YOUR_PREFIX/mips-sgi-irix6.5/bin

Create a separate build directory for gcc and run the configure command from the source directory:

export AS_FOR_TARGET="mips-sgi-irix6.5-as"
export LD_FOR_TARGET="mips-sgi-irix6.5-ld"
export NM_FOR_TARGET="mips-sgi-irix6.5-nm"
export OBJDUMP_FOR_TARGET="mips-sgi-irix6.5-objdump"
export RANLIB_FOR_TARGET="mips-sgi-irix6.5-ranlib"
export STRIP_FOR_TARGET="mips-sgi-irix6.5-strip"
export READELF_FOR_TARGET="mips-sgi-irix6.5-readelf"
export target_configargs="--enable-libstdcxx-threads=no"

$GCCSRC/configure --enable-obsolete --disable-multilib --prefix=$YOUR_PREFIX --target=mips-sgi-irix6.5 --disable-nls --enable-languages=c,c++

After this, you may run make. Building the GNU info file for GCC will fail, touch gcc/doc/ and run make again.

What’s next?

  • Multilib and libstdcxx threads need to be tested