Re: CPU specific/optimized Debian builds ?
On Sat, 25 May 2002 14:31:41 +0000 (UTC), Wilmer van der Gaast <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Frank Copeland@lists.debian-devel@Thu, 23 May 2002 12:39:29 +0000 (UTC):
>> Do I really care if ls runs 5 or 10% faster (in CPU terms) when it is
>> essentially disk-bound?
> Not about ls.. But a faster Mozilla/KDE sounds interesting, doesn't it?
Not especially. Galeon/Gnome runs perfectly fine on this box, and on
the much slower boxes that preceded it. They are bad examples in any
case. They are not CPU-bound applications.
I've seen suggestions that *building* KDE or a CPU-optimized debian
itself are applications where a CPU-optimised debian would be an
advantage. Of course a CPU-optimised toolchain will build a
CPU-optimised debian faster, but if I don't want to build a
CPU-optimised debian then I don't need it. It's a circular argument. At
best it's an argument for building a CPU-optimised toolchain, not the
Which brings me back to the point I made in my original response:
> If I should discover a particular package that (heaven forfend) makes
> this beast appear sluggish, why isn't it enough that I can apt-get
> source it, adjust the build settings and dpkg-buildpackage a
> K7-optimised version? I already do that for the kernel.
I can do it for gcc as well.
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