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Re: Testing parallel builds

On Mon, Oct 08, 2007 at 12:07:12PM +0000, Daniel Schepler wrote:
> On Monday 08 October 2007 07:49:09 am Pierre Habouzit wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 08, 2007 at 10:53:05AM +0000, Daniel Schepler wrote:
> > > Inspired by today's new upload of dpkg, I'm going to try doing a rebuild
> > > of the archive using "dpkg-buildpackage -j3" and submit bugs as I find
> > > them. The bugs will be wishlist for now, and I'll assign usertag
> > > schepler@math.unipd.it:ftbfs-parallel to those bug reports for those
> > > interested in tracking the issue.
> >
> >   Err please just don't. Many upstreams won't build properly with
> > parallel builds because their makefile just don't support it. Most
> > importantly, I believe that only the biggest packages benefit from a
> > parallel build, hence it should be an opt-in option that packagers may
> > use if their package support it, and if they believe it matters
> > (packages where build time is under the few minutes won't benefit from
> > it a lot e.g., as it's probable that most of the time is lost in the
> > configure and Debianization stages).
> Then isn't that something that should be fixed?  With dual-core processors 
> becoming more and more common, I would expect some users (myself included) to 
> be in the habit of typing `make -j2' or `dpkg-buildpackage -j3' to take 
> advantage, and then get annoyed if it doesn't work.

  Well, try to fix the ocaml build-system to work in parallel, if you
are able to do it, I'll gladly fix the rest of Debian makefiles :P

> Especially when the easy work-around, if you don't want to bother adding the 
> proper dependencies to the make targets, is just to add ".NOPARALLEL:" 
> somewhere in the Makefile.

  This is a GNU extension.

> Anyway, I'm aware a lot of packages will probably break at the moment, which 
> is why I'm using wishlist.

  I still believe that you should not file such bugs, I still fail to
see how it improves debian, as if we really need to build more packages
at the same time, we could run many sbuild instances on the same

·O·  Pierre Habouzit
··O                                                madcoder@debian.org
OOO                                                http://www.madism.org

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