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Re: Performance tracking

From: Noah Lavine
Subject: Re: Performance tracking
Date: Sat, 5 May 2012 12:33:49 -0400

It appears to me (anecdotally) that most of the build time is spent
compiling Scheme code, rather than C code.

One idea I had been toying with is whether Guile could compile faster
if it had another copy of Guile already around, so it could skip the
portion of compile-time where the interpreter is running the compiler.
This is how most compilers do it - you want another C compiler around
to compile GCC, etc. I was afraid that this would result in a
too-complicated build system, but maybe not. Does anyone have
experience with implementing something like this?


On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM, Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello!
> I was looking at the “history chart” at
> <>, which shows graphs
> of the build time and installed Guile size vs. commits.  Timings must be
> taken with a grain of salt, because of variability on the build machines.
> Still, a couple of worthwhile observations:
>  • commit 1af6d2a (“Minimize size of embedded syntax objects in
>    psyntax-pp.scm”) reduced the installed size from ~14.6 MiB to
>    ~13.3 MiB;
>  • CSE led to a build time increase from 28m at
>    <> to 43m
>    <>.
> Thanks,
> Ludo’.

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