[Fedora-packaging] Re: smp_flags considered dangerous?

Jesse Keating jkeating at redhat.com
Tue Jul 3 11:01:01 UTC 2007

On Monday 02 July 2007 19:02:02 Axel Thimm wrote:
> Like stalling a package entering Fedora for over a month due to the
> failures not being reproducible on neither the submitter's nor the
> reviewer's systems? Not to mention the lost man power?
> We don't gain much by triggering Makefile bugs. Most upstream projects
> don't design their Makefiles for -j usage, it just happens to work 98%
> or less of the times.

This sounds like "tribal knowledge".  This has come up enough for me that when 
I have strange compile issues one of the first things I do is strip down the 
compile flags and start adding them back in one by one until I reproduce the 
problem where it happened in the first place.  Often times I even seek out 
the smp flags and drop them.  So it would be good to have this "tribal 
knowledge" documented somewhere for people to follow if they're seeing this 
type of issue, and then we can cut down that month to something /far/ more 

Jesse Keating
Release Engineer: Fedora
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