Xcode – Setting GCC 4.2 as the default compiler on Mac OS X Leopard


I'm sure there must be a way to do this. As you are probably aware the latest versions of Xcode (and in fact I think all versions of Xcode) on Leopard come with GCC 4.0.1 and GCC 4.2. GCC 4.0.1 is the default system compiler while GCC 4.2 is an optional compiler you can set in the Xcode project settings.

Does anyone know how to set GCC 4.2 as the default compiler for all options? Preferably command line use as well as configure scripts still use GCC 4.0.1 rather than GCC 4.2 no matter what I do in Xcode. I'm assuming it is simply a case of changing a path variable or some such but I am stumped on this one.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Best Solution

Command line usage for all configure scripts:

  cd /usr/bin
  rm cc gcc c++ g++
  ln -s gcc-4.2 cc
  ln -s gcc-4.2 gcc
  ln -s c++-4.2 c++
  ln -s g++-4.2 g++

Make a record of the current link targets, so you can restore them if you want to.

If you don't want to change the system wide settings, add a directory into PATH before /usr/bin (say, $HOME/bin), and make the symlinks there

I haven't tested whether this affects Xcode projects, since I don't use Xcode (only command line).