Last week was very discouraging. On a bad Friday, the running builds queue was too long, and the license constraints kept a lot of builds waiting for resources, and it was chaos. In the midst of all this, we have under-performing Linux boxes, bad NFS performance, and a g++ compiler that has just started compiling code slower than earlier.
This delayed the CI builds. Our ccache setup to speed up builds wasn’t useful because of the various factors.
Now, everything is nearly normal as we dedicated a few Linux machines for CI, and CI builds run on these dedicated machines and builds are comparably faster with ccache.
And, more than what I learnt about debugging these nasty environment issues, I learnt about people and how much they react if something you own is not not doing well. It wasn’t pleasant as everybody was under pressure. Understood.
By the way, in the processing of debugging these problems, I made a very tiny contribution to OpenSource and I’m happy about it. 🙂 I’m a big fan of OpenSource projects. They are free, and everything is “open”. There are no hidden intricacies, because, if you are capable, you can always go through the source code.
Anyways, I’m hoping that we solve the remaining problems, or get them solved. I’m glad I saved a few seconds of compilation time, and gave my cent to OpenSource.
I just won myself a recognition at the office in this month’s “Star of the month” competition. It was for my one month effort to deploy, and stabilize ccache in our considerably large software project that I was awarded this. This was done keeping the build time, and the cost of ElectricAccelerator’s license in mind. While I partially won by decreasing the build time by nearly 40% on an average, and meeting the first expectation, I failed to save the cost, as the pressure on resource crunch was huge, and we had to purchase more licenses.
We are aiming at our next promising thing, Tup, a blazing fast, and incredibly accurate, OpenSource build tool. While its adoption on the OpenSource world looks very modest, it is by far, the best OpenSource build tool available as of now, from what I know. I’m hopeful that this should help us accomplish both the targets, of increasing the developer productivity by not wasting lot of time waiting during building stuff, and saving the organization some cost.
I’m not going to quit until this Tup build system is rolled out!
I’m a big admirer of Trivikram Srinivas. There is magic in his writing as it elevates my energy when I’m listening to him watching him. I’m fond of lyrics, and dialogues that carry some kind of emotion written poetically, and I like the following song from the movie Attarintiki Daredi(Which way is aunt’s home?) a lot. This song is a mix of a popular Annamacharya Kriti, with slightly modern but incredibly meaningful lyrics. The poets and singers are so blessed! I wish I could learn.
It is an old movie, and I watched it quite some time back. Was talking to a friend yesterday about some movies, and I thought of watching this one again, and I did watch it today.
I get carried away in the emotions of the characters, and I don’t know if that is good or bad. As I watched the last scene of the movie, I felt like I was losing someone I never even met, and nostalgic. Uhh! Exaggeration? No. I felt it, and I’m writing it down here. 🙂 I don’t know if that makes any sense.
It’s a nice movie. At least it is of a type I like.