Optimization switches and Visual Studio 2008

— richardwb on Friday, October 02, 2009 @ 15:29

In a previous entry I noted that you generally do not need to micromanage your optimization switches.

However, in Visual Studio 2008 (both with and without SP1) there is a bug where the default optimization switch, /O2, is not applied even when shown in the IDE under Configuration Properties->C/C++->Optimization.

This happens when you select <inherit from parent or project defaults>. Instead, you want to explicitly set Maximize Speed (/O2) (it will show up in bold when explicitly set). You should also verify that the /O2 flag is being applied by viewing the command line (Configuration Properties->C/C++->Command Line).

There is more about this bug on Microsoft Connect, where it's also noted that this bug will be fixed in Visual Studio 2010.

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