Thursday, November 17. 2005
At Graz University of Technology (TUG) several software projects have big compile jobs. Yesterday I've been working on a specialized grml version to create a compile farm within some few minutes. And the result: grml-distcc. grml-distcc includes a 2.6.14-kernel optimized for up to 32 processors. There's a new bootparam named 'distcc' with the options $NETWORK and $INTERFACE which provides access to the distcc-daemon for the defined network listening on the ip address of the given interface. Usage example: 'grml distcc=192.168.0.1,eth0'.
Today Hecka and me tested grml-distcc at TUG. As we are lazy guys and don't want to play disc jokey with a lot of grml-CDs ;-) we booted grml-distcc via network. Running 'grml-terminalserver' on the server, configuring bootoptions for distcc within the interface of grml-terminalserver and booting client via PXE was everything we had to do. Afterwards access to the distcc-clients was possible through "export DISTCC_HOSTS=$HOSTS_WHERE_DISTCC_IS_RUNNING". Running 'make -j' was fun of course. :-)
The distcc bootparam will be probably part of the upcoming grml release.
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