Originally Posted by thinkliberty
gcc sucks up alot of memory and CPU resources. Using it on a shared server this is a bad thing for everyone else on that server.
It depends on the size of program.
And when the server isn't loaded, nobody would really notice even if you compile a little big thing.
It's not necessarily heavier than active forum traffic.
In short, ANY program including seemingly inoffensive formmail can abuse CPU/Memory depending on the situation.
It's not what you use, but how it is used/accessed.
It's true that gcc can be abused.
But again, so as any program/script.
So, you don't need to worry about gcc.
I think it's more common to see popular PHP apps abused/cracked and causing lots of problem to everyone on the server.
At least that's what I observed last several years.
Thus I tend to blame PHP well before gcc or other things.