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SubjectRe: [Lse-tech] 7.52 second kernel compile
On 16 Mar 2002, Daniel Egger wrote:

> Am Sam, 2002-03-16 um 18.37 schrieb Martin J. Bligh:
>
> > BTW - the other tip that was in the big book of whizzy kernel
> > compiles was to set gcc to use -pipe ... you might want to try
> > that.
>
> Interestingly -pipe doesn't give any measurable performance increases or
> even leads to a minor decrease in compile speed in my latest tests on
> bigger projects like the linux kernel or GIMP. I suspect that's because
> of the caching nature of nowadays systems: the temporary products are
> cached in memory and likely not to never end on a drive because they're
> read and removed before the point the filesystem decides to physically
> write the data.
>
> I also benchmarked tmpfs mounts and it demonstrated - to my surprise -
> small advantages slightly above the noise range; I suspect this is due
> to the way it handles files in memory.

Yes. Last time I tested, -pipe was _always_ a loser, and writing to
swap was measurably faster than writing to fs.

-Mike

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