f90cache is a compiler cache. It acts as a caching pre-processor to Fortran compilers, using the -E compiler switch and a hash to detect when a compilation can be satisfied from cache. This often results in a great speedup in common compilations.

The idea came from Andrew Tridgell who wrote the original ccache program. See also this link for a personal version of ccache which support many different compilers. However, see also the recent releases of ccache here.

Latest release

The latest release is f90cache 0.99c (May 2019).

It works with the following Linux Fortran compilers:

According to its name, this tool is of course compatible with all features of the Fortran 90 Standard. Moreover, it supports the Fortran 2008 submodule facility (introduced from version 6 of GNU Fortran, and from version 16 of INTEL Fortran).

Why bother?

Why bother with a compiler cache? If you ever run "make clean; make" then you can probably benefit from f90cache. It is very common for developers to do a clean build of a project for a whole host of reasons, and this throws away all the information from your previous compiles.

By using f90cache you can get exactly the same effect as "make clean; make" but much faster.

Is it safe?

Yes. The most important aspect of a compiler cache is to always produce exactly the same output that the real compiler would produce. The includes providing exactly the same object files and exactly the same compiler warnings that would be produced if you use the real compiler. The only way you should be able to tell that you are using f90cache is the speed.



See the manual page

How to use it

You can use f90cache in two ways. The first is just to prefix your compile commands with "f90cache". For example, you could change the "F90C=gfortran" line in your Makefile to be "F90C=f90cache gfortran".

Alternatively, you can create symbolic links from your compilers name to f90cache. This allows you to use f90cache without any changes to your build system.


You can download the latest release from this archive.
Last page modification: 2019-05-12

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