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Re: Where do the mac68k packages on ftp.netbsd.org come from?
i wonder, is there a farm of beefy 68k machines somewhere that are
started a few weeks before a possible release to compile the packages?
Or are they crosscompiled like the system?
We run binary package builds as best we can since even running
continuously for three months for each pkgsrc branch would most likely not
finish. Packages are uploaded once every week or two, so the number just
The primary build machine currently used is an Amiga 1200 with a 60 MHz
m68060 and 256 megs of memory.
Those pictures were taken so long ago that they're pre-digital :)
Another machine which is used for pkgsrc testing and building is a Quadra
610 which has a NewerTech QuadDoubler with a 50 MHz m68040. It currently
has 68 megs, but when I have some time I hope to get some code into the
kernel that allows it to support 128 meg SIMMs giving 260 megs total.
I'm discussing the possible benefits and implementation of a stack of
cheap, yet powerful 68k boxes to compile packages faster.
Imagine a stack of LC475/Q605 with 68040 at 40 MHz and 132 MB Ram,
netbooting NetBSD from a fast server and running distcc to compile
You and I think alike - I even built a small set of shelves for up to ten
of these, but by the time I had several going, I realized there were a lot
of stability issues. I've been re-capping each of my Q605s, one at a time,
and will be working on adding them one at a time.
This one just got recapped and will be running NetBSD 6 when the
motherboard comes back:
When time allows I'd like to play with distcc, but the initial
multi-computer support will be nothing more fancy than a single machine
farming out package building work, one package at a time, to each separate
machine for building. Since some build machines will be elsewhere on the
planet, it'll have to manage moving the files around via scp, too.
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