Re: make -j in Debian packages
On Sun, Jul 02, 2006 at 11:57:50AM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> Additionally, it puzzles me how you think a maintainer will be able to
> accurately predict how much RAM a certain build is going to use. There
> are so many variables, that I think anything but 'this is the fastest
> way to build it on my machine' is going to be unfeasible.
program X consist of a number of C files; it seems like compiling
every file takes around 24MB, with the final link taking much more.
I guess this can be called typical, in C you need to store just the
current file and the headers you use.
Now, let's assume we use not the simple snippet I wrote  but a
"concurrency-helper" with the interface Goswin described, with some
unknown logic inside.
The maintainer thus declares that package X takes 24MB, and says it's
good to use heavy concurrency:
concurrency-helper --ram-estimate 24 --more-concurrent
The machine is a mid-range user box, with 512MB ram.
Thus, if the helper decides to go with -j4, the safety margin is _5_
times. I guess you can trust people to be at least within _that_
error range. And even if they fail, you can always force the build
to use -j1.
If, let's say, the machine is a high-end one with 2GB ram, it runs 4
buildds at once and the admin didn't specify his preferences, using
-j4 won't be any worse than on the user box mentioned above.
. I was once forced to do a kernel compile on a critically memory
starved box. Going from .c to .o went quite smoothly, but the final
link was an unholy swappeathon that took hours.
. My idea was to simply go with -j1 if the machine has less than X
memory, or with a given constant otherwise.
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