14 Getting help
If you encounter a problem not covered by this introduction, there are several
reference manuals which describe GCC and language-related topics in more
detail (see section Further reading). These manuals contain answers to
common questions, and careful study of them will usually yield a
Alternatively, there are many companies and consultants who offer
commercial support for programming matters related to GCC on an hourly
or ongoing basis. For businesses this can be a cost-effective way to
obtain high-quality support.
A directory of free software support companies and their current rates
can be found on the GNU Project
website.(38) With free
software, commercial support is available in a free market--service
companies compete in quality and price, and users are not tied to any
particular one. In contrast, support for proprietary software is
usually only available from the original vendor.
A higher-level of commercial support for GCC is available from companies
involved in the development of the GNU compiler toolchain itself. A
listing of these companies can be found in the "Development Companies"
section of the publisher's webpage for this
companies can provide services such as extending GCC to generate code
for new CPUs or fixing bugs in the compiler.