The cost of a source based package system

Eitan Adler lists at
Thu Sep 8 05:36:33 UTC 2011

On Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 12:53 AM, Stefan Schaeckeler <schaecsn at> wrote:
> Hi all, please don't take this posting too serious. I was just curious ...

Thanks for the disclaimer.

> . Among other things, I measured the "cost of a source based package system", i.e. I was comparing the energy cost of installing ports from source vs binary packages (setup, see below).

Make sure to measure multiple times, with a cold cache, and calculate
α and p values ;)
> The number of ports and binary packages varies slightly. I don't know why. This only introduces a small error.

Likely due to "build dependencies" which are not needed when
installing via packages.

Eitan Adler

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