RFC: Page size on PPC/PPC64 builders

Josh Boyer jwboyer at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 23:16:16 UTC 2008

On Tue, 04 Mar 2008 21:57:26 +0000
David Woodhouse <dwmw2 at infradead.org> wrote:

> On Tue, 2008-03-04 at 12:47 -0600, Josh Boyer wrote:
> > My biggest concern is that it doesn't match Fedora, which makes it
> > harder for people who _do_ care to actually reproduce the issue and
> > debug the problem.  Local mock builds on a Fedora PPC system would use
> > 4KiB pages and would likely build/test just fine.  Reproducibility is
> > fairly important IMHO.
> That's a valid concern, I agree.
> > If we have a ppc64 machine running a RHEL kernel for people to log into
> > to do mock builds, etc my concerns are lessened slight. 
> If we decide to keep the builders on 64KiB pages, then we'll definitely
> have matching machines available for Fedora contributors to build/debug
> on.
> > But I really think we should be eating our own dog food here.
> Your employer and mine also care about people who use 64KiB pages... :)

I don't speak for my employer in any way shape or form.  My comments
are my own and do not represent those of my employer.  <Insert random
other ways of saying I speak for me alone and not my employer>.  Fedora
is done in my spare time.

Besides, my employer is probably more concerned with the fact that
Fedora 9 Alpha (and likely Beta) doesn't even install on their class of
hardware because of Anaconda/HAL refusing to see the disks on Power6
and LPARs (as well as PS3).


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