Make process title - % complete

Adrian Penisoara ady at
Wed Oct 21 09:03:43 UTC 2009


On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 3:11 AM, Max Laier <max at> wrote:
> On Monday 19 October 2009 16:08:06 Rink Springer wrote:
>> Hi Ivan,
>> On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 03:52:30PM +0200, Ivan Voras wrote:
>> > if nobody objects, I'll commit it :)
>> I seem to recall that setproctitle() is quite expensive to call; perhaps
>> it would make sense offer a flag to prevent make(1) from calling it? [1]
> Just rate-limit the setproctitle() call to once/sec or once/percentage-step
> and be done with it.

Rather try to setproctitle() in the same make process every second
with a one second initial delay (so that short lived make processes
won't be bogged down by this expensive call). And preferentially do
the timing check after returning from exec() of a child make.

 This way the stats won't be "perturbed" by the short lived make's and
only one make process will call setproctitle() at any time (except
when running "make -j" ?).

> I must say that trying it out on a kernel build didn't proof too useful as the
> targets have vastly different runtimes, but I think it's a good addition
> nonetheless.  So please, go for it Ivan.

If you implement it, please use a control mechanism like, say, an
environment variable MAKE_TRACK_PROGRESS, which, for performance and
POLA sake, might default to disabled (including when environment is
not defined).

My 5cents,
Adrian Penisoara

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