On a 0 - 10 "weirdness" scale, this ranks about a 4, perhaps, so it's
hardly earth-shattering.  But it's odd enough that I thought that a
small reality check might be in order, in case the effect(s) in question
were not expected.  (And yes, I understand that a degree of uncertainty
with respect to -CURRENT's performance is to be expected, even at the
best of times.  This is not a complaint.)

Briefly, my SMP "build machine" built today's -CURRENT (while running
yesterday's -- hence the Subject:) much more slowly than my laptop did.

To illustrate, here are the timestamp messages from the respective
kernel builds:

>>> Kernel build for FREEBEAST started on Fri Mar 22 07:59:58 PST 2002
>>> Kernel build for FREEBEAST completed on Fri Mar 22 08:24:19 PST 2002

>>> Kernel build for LAPTOP_30W started on Fri Mar 22 08:09:25 PST 2002
>>> Kernel build for LAPTOP_30W completed on Fri Mar 22 08:26:31 PST 2002

So that's not a huge difference in and of itself -- 24:21 vs. 17:06 --
but what really stands out is that the laptop actually finished the whole
morning's processing before the build machine did.  And that's somewhat
remarkable, given that:

* build machine got a bit of a head start (though it did have a little
  bit more work to do in one respect).

* build machine is 2x866 MHz P3s; laptop is a 750 MHz P3.

* laptop disk is 4500 RPM; build machine's disk is probably 5400 --
  certainly no slower than that.

I don't really want to spam the entire list with the details of the
processes used, so I cobbled up a page at
http://www.catwhisker.org/~david/FreeBSD/speed.html that should
have enough excruciating details for anyone sufficiently interested.

David H. Wolfskill                              [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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