Some time ago, I managed to find PPA featuring g++-4.7 build. However, I had to reinstall everything on my machine and I lost name of that PPA. Could anyone point me to it? I tried to find it again, but without any luck. I'm on Ubuntu 11.10 installation.

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    I strongly recommend you do not install 4.7 in place of gcc that is with your version. If you do, you run the risk of breaking your system.
    – Thomas Ward
    Feb 17, 2012 at 17:20
  • @ThomasWard: I know, I am not a complete newbie.
    – Griwes
    Feb 19, 2012 at 17:23
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    @Griwes, you may not be a 'newbie' but others might be and his observation is correct. Nov 5, 2012 at 21:08
  • Related. (But if we decide that's a duplicate of this, we should make sure to ask for answers to be merged, as that's about what to do when this doesn't work.) Jan 14, 2013 at 0:17

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The Toolchain test builds PPA contains many packages including gcc-4.7.

You can add the repository using

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test

Then, to install it use

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install g++-4.7

To change the default compiler use update-alternatives

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/bin/gcc-4.6 60 --slave /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/bin/g++-4.6
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/bin/gcc-4.7 40 --slave /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/bin/g++-4.7
sudo update-alternatives --config gcc
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    Did not work for me. I only see gcc-4.6 (on ubuntu 11.10)
    – Ugo
    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:00
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    Worked with ubuntu 12.04
    – Ugo
    May 1, 2012 at 20:10
  • How can I uninstall g++-4.6 without uninstalling g++ ? Currently I have packages g++, g++-4.6 and g++-4.7 installed. as result g++ --version gives me version 4.6.
    – expert
    Sep 24, 2012 at 4:24
  • Ah perhaps I need simply rename g++-4.7 to g++
    – expert
    Sep 24, 2012 at 4:29
  • sudo: add-apt-repository: command not found $ sudo apt-get install software-properties-common python-software-properties Oct 19, 2015 at 9:57

I haven't found a PPA for g++-4.7 but there is a gcc-snapshot package.

I guess you have to compile it yourself: http://www.lukaszbyczynski.com/archives/208

  • Well, I cannot find it now, but I recall doing apt-get install g++-4.7 gcc-4.7...
    – Griwes
    Nov 7, 2011 at 20:23

See http://ask.debian.net/questions/backporting-more-recent-versions-of-the-gcc-toolchain-to-debian-stable

for my description of backporting gcc 4.7 to Debian stable.

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