FreeBSD 7 on old SMP server?
jcoombs at gwi.net
Sat Dec 22 11:34:18 PST 2007
Dominic Fandrey wrote:
> Why don't you just do the buildworld on another machine?
As I don't use the machine as a primary workstation at the moment, it
doesn't really matter to me if it takes 1 hour or 3 months, I start the
buildworld in a screen'd shell and check on it periodically. When it
finishes, I set aside 10 to 20 minutes to do an installworld/kernel &
mergemaster via serial console, 'just in case.' The closest it gets to
annoying is when I start a buildworld based on a new security fix, and 3
days in the fix is revised. : )
And Oliver, you were correct, omitting -pipe didn't allow a buildworld
to finish with 448MB ram + swap. Guess I get to repartition after all.
My new plan is going to be sourcing a Gigabyte I-RAM, putting 4GB on
it, and wiring up an external power supply for it. That plus an SATA to
IDE adapter from NewEgg should let me run the I-RAM on my empty ATA
controller, giving me 4GB of swap running as fast as the machine can
take it. Depending on how it behaves, I may track down a 2MB ISA VGA
card again and throw KDE4 on it just to be truly insane. They say it's
much better about memory utilization now... :P
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