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Re: Rebuilding the entire Debian archive twice on arm64 hardware for fun and proft

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Mike Hommey <mh@glandium.org> wrote:

Note that Firefox is built with --no-keep-memory
--reduce-memory-overheads, and that was still not enough for 32-bts
builds. GNU gold instead of BFD ld was also given a shot. That didn't
work either. Presently, to make things link at all on 32-bits platforms,
debug info is entirely disabled. I still need to figure out what minimal
debug info can be enabled without incurring too much memory usage
during linking.

Dang. Yes, removing debug symbols was the only way I could get webkit to link without thrashing, it's a temporary fix though.

So the removal of the algorithm in ld Dr Stallman wrote, dating back to the 1990s, has already resulted in a situation that's worse than I feared.

At some point apps are going to become so insanely large that not even disabling debug info will help.

At which point perhaps it is worth questioning the approach of having an app be a single executable in the first place.  Even on a 64 bit system if an app doesn't fit into 4gb RAM there's something drastically going awry.

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