Request Validation of my Experience in buildworld
dcbdbis at comcast.net
Fri Sep 12 20:16:30 UTC 2014
I have recently (following wblock's articles) performed a "buildworld"
on my desktop, and then on a laptop I am just bringing out of the ground.
I was absolutely astounded....
I did put the following in my /etc/make.conf before doing any of the below:
The WRKDIRPREFIX (from a answer I received in this mailing list), is so
that my ports and kernel are built in ram and not to the SSD until they
are complete. I have /usr/obj mounted in tmpfs.....I have 32Gb of
ram....of which I only used 7% of tmpfs during any of the experiences
I think the idea of keeping the OS (buildworld) separate from ports
(portmaster -afdB) is nothing short of brilliance. I made several
mistakes in the process...as I am junior with FreeBSD...and at no time
was my OS taken down. I was able to gracefully recover and continue
until all was rebuilt.
After a buildworld, my system's memory footprint dropped by a good
1/3...It sped up significantly. The I performed a "portmaster -afdB",
and rebuilt all my ports and their dependencies the long way.
Another dramatic drop in resources and another increase in performance.
This experience was had across a desktop, and repeated on a ASUS laptop.
Is this type of improvement typical?
Sincerely and respectfully,
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