parallel builds revisited
mail at maxlor.com
Thu Apr 12 18:58:51 UTC 2007
On Thursday 12 April 2007 18:32, [LoN]Kamikaze wrote:
> Robert Noland wrote:
> > Have any of you looked at sysutils/bsdadminscripts, it's buildflags
> > options allow for parallel builds as well as ccache / distcc use.
> > I have a reasonable list of ports that must have some or all of
> > these options disabled as well.
> > robert.
> I happen to be the author of that and I maintain a list of ports that
> cause trouble in a German Wiki:
> These are all the ports that ever made trouble when I tried to build
> them with 'make -j'. I have around 500 Ports installed, so I think
> those aren't really many.
I've looked at your patches and programs, and I'm starting to have a
fairly clear idea of solution should look like. I would like to see:
* Integration into the existing ports framework. No new scripts or files
should be required. The whitelist file needs to go.
* The whitelist should remain, even in the final version (for when users
feel they know better than the port maintainers whether the software
supports parallelism or not). I will turn it into a make variable
* Configuring the number of jobs should be automatic (but overridable),
based on kern.smp.cpus.
* If a port build fails, and parallelism is enabled, print a message
telling the user to repeat the build in single-process mode before
reporting the error, *unless* ALLOW_MULTIPLE_MAKE_JOBS (or something
like that) is set in the ports makefile, which is interpreted as
this feature being officially supported by the port maintainer. So
basically, if you make use of the whitelist feature, you do so at
your own risk.
* There is no need to put any references to distcc or ccache into the
code. Once -j works, users can get distcc or ccache support simply by
setting CC apropriately. I think.
Btw, do you think it's possible that a port can only be built with, n
parallel make jobs, but will fail with n+1?
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