Darwin CI Status

Moritz Angermann moritz.angermann at gmail.com
Wed May 19 08:45:49 UTC 2021

Matt has access to the M1 builder in my closet now. The darwin performance
is mainly there since BigSur, and (afaik) primarily due to the amount of
we pass to GHC invocations. The system linker spends the majority of the
time in the
kernel stat'ing and getelements (or some similar directory) call for each
and every possible

Switching to hadrian will cut down the time from ~5hs to ~2hs. At some
point we had make
builds <90min by just killing all DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH logic we ever had, but
that broke

The CI has time values attached and some summary at the end right now,
which highlights
time spent in the system and in user mode. This is up to 80% sys, 20% user,
and went to
something like 20% sys, 80% user after nuking all DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH's, with
hadrian it's
closer to ~25% sys, 75% user.

Of note, this is mostly due to time spent during the *test-suite*, not the
actual build. For the
actual build make and hadrian are comparable, though I've seen hadrian to
oddly have a
much higher variance in how long it takes to *build* ghc, whereas the make
build was more

The test-suite quite notoriously calls GHC *a lot of times*, which makes
any linker issue due
to DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH (and similar lookups) much worse.

If we would finally split building and testing, we'd see this more clearly
I believe. Maybe this
is motivation enough for someone to come forward to break build/test into
two CI steps?


On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 4:14 PM Matthew Pickering <
matthewtpickering at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> The darwin pipelines are gumming up the merge pipeline as they are
> taking over 4 hours to complete on average.
> I am going to disable them -
> https://gitlab.haskell.org/ghc/ghc/-/merge_requests/5785
> Please can someone give me access to one of the M1 builders so I can
> debug why the tests are taking so long. Once I have fixed the issue
> then I will enable the pipelines.
> Cheers,
> Matt
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