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The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Waiting … waiting … waiting.

Compiling on the Cobalt RaQ2 isn't fast. It's actually rather sluggish when you come right down to it. Now whether that is a function of the MIPS chip, a slow bus speed, or a slow IDE drive, I can't say, although I suspect it may be a slow bus speed (the MIPS based SGI system I used at FAU, while only 33 MHz, was fast—the only things faster were the newer MIPS based SGIs).

Time it took to compile various packages on a 250MHz MIPS based Cobalt RaQ2
Package Real time User time System time
MySQL 4.1.11 312m, 31.074s 288m, 52.820s  20m, 32.900s
Bind 9.3.1 51m,  0.245s 47m,  2.640s  3m, 20.260s
Apache 2.0.54 84m, 26.658s 66m,  6.710s 16m, 45.680s
PHP 4.3.11 56m, 17.193s 45m, 44.070s  9m, 52.470s

These were just the packages I kept the compile times for—the rest (like OpenSSL or NTP were just as slow to compile.

I wonder though … if there is a way to tune the IDE drivers to get some better throughput …

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