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Re: arm release issues

On Mon, Aug 28, 2006 at 01:01:00PM -0700, Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:
> Yes, it can be and is configured by source package.  If you can get some
> numbers to the buildd admin (James) about how long it should take for these
> packages to build, it should be straightforward to fix up that config AFAIK.

Unfortunately, not being on owner of an arm, I don't have any numbers.

> Does anyone know what happened to make ld so much slower on arm all of a
> sudden?

Probably the switch to providing debugging symbols, but i'm somehow
surprised the same doesn't happen seem to happen with firefox, though
the build is not done the exact same way. The main big part of firefox
is built as a static binary while in xulrunner it is a big dynamic
library. Maybe that makes some kind of difference.
Anyways, on my x86, it already takes quite some time to build this
library, though again, I don't have timings. But it doesn't take more
than a few minutes. The main thing is that it takes a huge amount of
memory. It takes more than 500MB on my build machine. Which means on
slow machines, with few amounts of memory (arm buildd have 64MB, i
think), it can take long time, and depending on how ld plays with
its memory, it can be even worse.


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