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Old 10-27-2005, 11:58 AM   #1
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Why is Visual C++ 6 GB and g++ not?

What has Microsoft packed into Visual C++ that requires 6GB of free space in order to install? Isn't g++ only 10 MB or so?
Old 10-27-2005, 12:02 PM   #2
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Just a shot in the dark here....but perhaps it might have something to do with the "Visual" part?
Old 10-27-2005, 12:21 PM   #3
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g++ is primarily the compiler and standard C++ library. VC++ is a full IDE, complete with the debugger, and many additional SDKs. (Win32, MFC, COM, DirectX (though not the lastest), etc.) It's been awhile since I installed 6.0, but if I remember right it also installs additional database access stuff like ODBC drivers, etc.

In short VC++ is more like the equivalent of a combination of gcc, g++, Anjuta, gdb, GTK+, qt, gtkmm, unixODBC, etc. All of those eventually add up to more disk space than g++ alone...
Old 10-27-2005, 01:56 PM   #4
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The closest equivalent from Microsoft is the Visual C++ Toolkit which is just the compiler, some .NET stuff, a few sample programs and the standard libraries. It is only 32mb.


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