Cygwin/XFree86 Build Speedup with Cygwin 1.3.3

Harold Hunt
Sun Sep 16 23:05:00 GMT 2001

The native build time for Cygwin/XFree86 has been improved by roughly 33%
from Cygwin 1.3.2 to Cygwin 1.3.3.  Building a full tree, with fonts, used
to take 71 minutes; now it takes 46 minutes.  I believe this can primarily
be attributed to one item in the Cygwin 1.3.3 release announcement, since we
build using a tree of symlinks to the CVS tree (via lndir.exe):
- Store symlink contents in extended attribute for speed, if possible.
  (Egor Duda)

Native building of Cygwin/XFree86 is now roughly half as fast as cross
compiling under Linux, which is quite an improvement from cross compiling
being 3 to 4 times faster.  It was really disappointing to see my P3-550,
running Linux, leaving my Athlon-1200, running Cygwin, in its dust.  Both
machines now build, without fonts, in roughly 29 minutes.

Great work guys!


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