Fs2 open on Linux/Optimization
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Optimizing fs2_open might have little or no effect, or improve performance greatly, I honestly have no clue.
You can specify your compiler flags with the configure script, see below.
$ ./configure CFLAGS="<your desired flags>"
If you want to play it safe, a good set of CFLAGS would be
$ ./configure CFLAGS="-march=native -O3 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -fno-ident" CXXFLAGS="$CFLAGS"
Note: it seems that in GCC 4.7.0 (and higher until at least 4.7.2) the -ftree-vectorize flag (part of -O3) causes segfaults in FSO. Therefore you could instead use:
$ ./configure CFLAGS="-march=native -O3 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -fno-ident -fno-tree-vectorize" CXXFLAGS="$CFLAGS"
In particular, the following flag has been reported to increase the FPS when not looking at nebula: (thanks to oldlaptop for this advice)
You should read up on CFLAGS and what they do before trying anything. I recommend you read through these links (adjust the URL as required for your version of GCC).