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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-02-15 22:32:23

At 03:31 AM 2/13/2004, Raoul Gough wrote:
>Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]> writes:
>> At 12:35 PM 2/12/2004, Martin Wille wrote:
>> >3. Compile time may become very large for large test
>> > programs or heavy template usage. E.g. in one case,
>> > we had to split a test into three (Spirit's switch_p
>> > tests) in order to make testing feasible.
>> It is hard to know the overall effect without accurate timings. My
>> personal belief is that on average the total time will drop. But we
>> need timings to know for sure.
>There are some cases when really big tests would certainly be slower.
>I had to split some of my Python container library tests into separate
>modules because g++ was starting to thrash the swapfile(s) on my home
>machine (with 256MB of RAM). I would guess that otherwise one big test
>module would certainly be faster, but there is a practical limit there

Yes. GCC is a particular problem because of its tendency to run away with
RAM. I even have trouble sometimes with a 1 Gigabyte system.


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