Subject: Re: HEADS UP: migration to fully dynamic linked "base" system
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <email@example.com>
Date: 08/26/2002 11:37:42
On Mon, Aug 26, 2002 at 04:13:25PM +0100, David Laight wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 26, 2002 at 04:20:39PM +1000, Luke Mewburn wrote:
> > I will be switching NetBSD-current to have dynamically linked programs
> > in /bin and /sbin in the next day or so.
> The only problem I see is that a lot of scripts will start running
> significantly slower if the small 'workhorse' programs (ln, rm, chmod,
> test, mkdir, expr etc) become dynamic.
> Some tests I've just done indicate that the time to exec a dynamically
> linked program is about 7 times that of a static one (on i386).
> (the 3.75% improvement I've made is insignificant...)
This *is* a big deal. It was one of the major reasons SGI faced a mass
exodus of customers in the early Irix 6 era: their systems took far longer
to start up than they ever had before, and sundry trivial shell-script
tasks (their nice GUI does tend to call a certain number of scripts)
similarly got much slower, leading to a general perception that their OS
was becoming horribly bloated and slow when in fact many kernel operations
The cause? You guessed it: dynamically linking everything. Eventually
they kind-of addressed this with a very good prebinding implementation,
but I don't see that on the short-term horizon for NetBSD.
A certain number of 'workhorse' commands, as David suggests, should remain
static so that we don't destroy shell script performance.
Thor Lancelot Simon firstname.lastname@example.org
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