parallel builds revisited

Ulrich Spoerlein uspoerlein at
Sat Apr 14 07:35:14 UTC 2007

Pav Lucistnik wrote:
> Benjamin Lutz píše v út 10. 04. 2007 v 04:52 +0200:
> > Some time ago, after buying a Core 2 Duo system, I've become interested 
> > in doing something about the inherent single-threadedness of the ports. 
> > Even though I have a dualcore machine, ports builds only ever use one 
> > core. I started thinking about various approaches to introduce 
> > parallelism to ports builds and wrote down my thoughts here:
> >
> I have same thoughts, and I wrote about it on Project Ideas page.
> That text materialized into a Summer of Code proposal, which is most
> probably going to get funded. So stay tuned. However, the proposal
> concentrates mainly on allowing several ports to build in parallel.

I do have a script/Makefile ready, that can be used to build several
ports in parallel (taking inter-dependencies into account). It _could_
be hacked into the current ports infrastructure, if we augment INDEX
with additional fields.

It is aimed mainly at release building/pointyhat but comes with almost
no software requirements (screen and zsh are the only external tools).

I'm having some problems with unionfs though, and need to implement two
different strategies first, before releasing an early version to the

Ulrich Spoerlein
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