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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] utrace-based ftrace "process" engine, v2


On Mon, 23 Mar 2009, Frank Ch. Eigler wrote:
> > I have CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO turned off in 99.9% of my kernel builds,
> > because it slows down the kernel build times significantly: [...]
>
> OK, 15% longer time.

It's way more than that if you don't have tons of memory and excessive
amounts of CPU power.

> > 2)
> >
> > When the kernel build becomes IO-bound [...]
> > without: 870.36 user 292.79 system 3:32.10 elapsed 548% CPU
> > with: 929.65 user 384.55 system 8:28.70 elapsed 258% CPU
>
> OK, lots of network traffic.

This is the _normal_ situation for a debug info build. If it's not
network traffic (distcc), it's just disk IO. Have you tried it on a
laptop? Ingo is not the only one that turns off DEBUG_INFO in disgust.
It's totally useless for any sane kernel developer - the costs are
excessive.

Adn that's totally ignoring the disk usage of multiple debug info kernels.

> Note that this backs away from earlier claims that we can make do
> without debuginfo, or that the compiler can't be trusted to build the
> stuff. We all agree it'd be nice if made it better and made a little
> less.

Gaah. I'd wish you all agreed that DEBUG_INFO is just TOTALLY UNREALISTIC.

Linus


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