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Re: sh4 architecture into Wheezy

On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 04:41:23PM +0200, Matthias Klose wrote:
> On 04/26/2011 09:39 AM, Neil McGovern wrote:
> >I woudn't be particularly happy with that unless the gcc maintainers ok
> >it, and I'm still not sure that two days is also an acceptable
> >timescale.
> then please drop mips and mipsel as release architectures. At least

What is your problem about MIPS? Why do you insist about dropping it? At
least be fair and don't spread FUD.

GCC on mips/mipsel build in less than 2 days on the recent build
machines. It's true that the build time is slightly higher than other
architectures, but the testsuite is done on 3 different ABIs. This is
something that can be tweaked, as suggested for SH4.

Here are the average build time for gcc-4.* since the release of
Squeeze [1]:

        |  mips  | mipsel |
gcc-4.3 |  42864 | 141863 |
gcc-4.4 | 104400 | 149148 |
gcc-4.5 | 123498 | 114435 |
gcc-4.6 |  95725 | 167799 |

The build time dispersion is explained by the fact we have buildds of
different speed, gcc-* is built by default on them (no_weak_autobuild),
unless this build daemon is already busy.

> sh4 has a workable, accessible developer machine,

mips also has an accessible developer machine, gabrielli.debian.org.
It's true that mipsel doesn't have one (it's being working on), that
said, most issues are reproducible on both. People can also ask on
debian-mips for help in case it's a mipsel specific issue.

> and people within
> Debian who care about the architecture.

MIPS also has Debian people who care about the architecture. See for 
example my recent MIPS work:


All that said, I agree that mips and mipsel architectures are not in
their best shape, but people are working on that. If you consider they
don't follow the release criteria, please give objective arguments.


[1] select package, avg(build_time) from mips.pkg_history where package like 'gcc-4%' and result='successful' and timestamp > '2011-02-13' group by package;
    select package, avg(build_time) from mipsel.pkg_history where package like 'gcc-4%' and result='successful' and timestamp > '2011-02-13' group by package;

Aurelien Jarno	                        GPG: 1024D/F1BCDB73
aurelien@aurel32.net                 http://www.aurel32.net

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