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I want to see the intermediate code generated during the compilation of a C program. Using the -S flag, the object code is generated but is there anything to see the .i files, called as intermediate code.

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have you tried $cat filename.i ? – VRU Jan 12 '13 at 8:31

If this is gcc* you also need -save-temps after -S

gcc -S -save-temps file.cpp would make file.i

* By default, gcc is installed and linked to cc. If you install another C Compiler, cc will link to that.

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