Subject: Re: PII vs 21164
To: Ray Phillips <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 05/17/2003 00:04:15
On Fri, May 16, 2003 at 09:00:02AM +1000, Ray Phillips wrote:
> Dear NetBSD/alpha:
> Could someone help me to reconcile the fact that running
> # cd /usr/src
> # ./ -D ../DistribDir -R ../ReleaseDir release
> takes around eleven hours on a 500 MHz PWS with 1 GB RAM but around 
> seven hours on a PII with 640 MB RAM?
> I don't know how the SPEC values (for example) for the two machines 
> compare but I'd have thought and hoped the PWS would be considerably 
> faster.  Is building an alpha release of NetBSD more "difficult" 
> somehow than an i386 release?

Yes, the compiler has to do more work for alpha than i386.
A good test could be to run e.g.
./ -m sparc64 -D ../DistribDir -R ../ReleaseDir release
on both systems.

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 24 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference