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Re: Parallel job instance identifiers?

From: Christian Hujer
Subject: Re: Parallel job instance identifiers?
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2021 09:11:28 +0530


Have you considered using port 0 instead to tap into the ephemeral port range and communicate that port somehow?

From what I understand, you want to use the job id as an offset to a base port to choose a port from a range, right? That sounds non-portable to me, spelling all sorts of ports conflict trouble.


On Fri, Aug 13, 2021, 18:44 Howard Chu via Bug reports and discussion for GNU make <bug-make@gnu.org> wrote:
In my original jobserver implementation, I filled the job pipe with
up to 256 bytes, numbers from 0-255. The idea being that then make
could distinguish each job with a unique ID number. That idea got
thrown away when we decided to raise the limit to PIPEBUF (4096 on
traditional Unix, much larger now on Linux).

I'm looking for a way to expose a job ID number to the individual
jobs, in a consecutive range from 1-[number of jobs]. Not just unique
numbers, for that we could just use $$ already. The purpose is to
e.g. assign non-overlapping network port numbers when firing off a
number of client/server test scripts in parallel.

Is there anything that could do this now, exposed as a Make variable?
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