----- Original Message ----

> From: Geoffrey Broadwell <ge...@broadwell.org>
> To: Paul Simon <getpsi...@yahoo.com>
> Cc: Carl Mäsak <cma...@gmail.com>; perl6-users@perl.org
> Sent: Sun, November 22, 2009 12:35:13 PM
> Subject: Re: trouble building rakudo
> On Sun, 2009-11-22 at 08:15 -0800, Paul Simon wrote:
> > The system has only 256 MB with few resources being used. That's a big 
> difference
> > between 12+ hours and 3 minutes! Maybe I should invest in more RAM :-)
> Yep, if you see swapping, more RAM is probably the single most effective
> performance enhancer you can possibly throw at it.  The slowdown from
> swapping to a spinning disk completely swamps all performance
> differences between CPUs, for instance.
> FWIW, the next thing to improve depends on your common tasks: a solid
> state disk and a better video card are usually the best bets.  The SSD
> is great for compiles, program startups, and other disk-intensive
> processes.  (Get a good one, the cheap ones are awful.)  The video card
> is most useful if you do 3D, watch videos, or have a desktop that uses a
> "compositing engine".  If you just use twm to run xterms, it's not all
> that valuable.  :-)
> Still, both of those are WAY further down the list than getting enough
> RAM to do the compile in main memory.

Well I bumped up the RAM to 1GB and got more CPU share (this is a VPS at 
slicehost) - Rakuda built in 15 minutes or so. After it got built I bumped it 
back to 256 MB. I'm off to play with rakudo...

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