[Build-common-hackers] Bug#505328: Bug#505328: Please add support for parallel= in DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS

Steve M. Robbins steve at sumost.ca
Sat Nov 15 03:45:22 UTC 2008

On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 08:44:08PM +0100, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 01:08:34PM -0600, Steve M. Robbins wrote:
> >It would be nice if I could either set some variable like
> >DEB_MAKE_PARALLEL=yes, or use something like
> >    include /usr/share/cdbs/1/rules/parallel.mk
> >and be finished.  
> Thanks for raising this topic.
> Both these concrete proposals fail to support the (corner) case of a 
> package using 2 build systems simultaneously, only one of them 
> supporting parallel builds.

I'm having trouble understanding what you mean.

Do you mean a package that uses cdbs to build both a make-based and a
cmake-based component?  Or 2 make-based components?

Is this a common use case?  Maybe the answer could be: "don't use the
easy cdbs parallel build, but roll your own" ?

> >Failing that, I need some way to pass a -jN flag to the initial make
> >invocation.
> >The recommended practice is to supply -jN *only* to the initial 
> >invocation of make.
> I suggest adding the options DEB_MAKE_BUILD-OPTIONS, 
> all of those options would be blank by default (to ensure backwards 
> compatibility for packages not supporting parallel build). In a next 
> major version of cdbs we can enable parallelism by default.

Did you really mean "by default"?  The Policy Manual [1] suggests that
parallel=n only be honoured if the package build system supports
parallel builds.  Or maybe you meant "by default" to mean "if the
packager signals in some way" -- like by including "rules/parallel.mk"
or something.

Whatever you meant: how do you forsee solving the objection you raised
to my first two suggestions (include parallel.mk, or set


[1] http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-source.html#s-debianrules-options

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