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Karl Williamson
December 24, 2020 22:02
Re: committers: do you use dromedary?
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On 12/24/20 1:31 PM, Ricardo Signes wrote:
> Once upon a time, a sponsor provided a server called dromedary.  It was 
> a big beefy hunky of hardware with a lot of RAM and a bunch of cores.  
> It compiled perl very fast.  Some people used it for bisecting, some for 
> testing a bunch of different versions of perl, and so on.
> Later, a second dromedary existed and was used, but less.
> I've been trying to get a handle on the various resources we rely on, 
> and dromedary has come up.  If there's to be a third iteration of this 
> box: *Who will use it and for what?*
> I guess I'd start off thinking it's like the old one:  used by 
> committers as a powerful place to do a lot of compiling and testing.  
> But is that right?  If you are a committer and would (or would not!) use 
> it, please say so, and let me know what you'd be using it for.  (What 
> else we might use a bunch of compute for is another question.  This is 
> more about a box where you'd have a shell.)
> -- 
> rjbs

I use dromedary.  I use it for regenerating the Devel::PPPort data base, 
which requires lots of past perls.  Tux keeps adding new development 
ones as they come out, and I filled in missing pieces, so that it has a 
complete set back to late 5.003.

The box is slower than my own PC, now 2.5 years old.  It is slower than 
the old dromedary as well.  Linux 3.10.0-1127.13.1.el7.x86_64 [CentOS Linux 
7.9.2009 (Core)]  x86_64 Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v4 @ 2.20GHz/2200(4) x86_64 
  7982 Mb

The old Dromedary had > 700 locales.  This was invaluable for testing 
locale handling.  That is missing from this.  I would love to get those 
back.  The old dromedary also had 24 cores.

The old Dromedary had a windows VM hanging off it.  I used it for 
debugging windows issues.  I would love to get that back.

In short, because of the deficiencies in the new Dromedary, I only use 
it for one thing, but would have other uses for it if they capabilities 
had been transferred over.

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