[Haskell-cafe] "GHC from source" makes a great hardware test

Stefan O'Rear stefanor at cox.net
Sun Aug 26 01:27:21 EDT 2007

On Sat, Aug 25, 2007 at 09:33:25PM -0700, Dave Bayer wrote:
> I recently did the classic "push a shopping cart down the aisle at
> Fry's" to build a Core 2 Quad computer, with Linux swap and a soft
> raid array spread across three 750 GB sata hard disks. I had some
> potential "first build" issues, notably a mishap with the lawn of
> copper grass that passes for a 775 cpu socket, followed by an hour of
> brain-surgery with a magnifying glass and a tiny screwdriver. I was
> very curious to test the stability of this system when it booted up
> after all; the best hardware test I could think of was multiple
> processes building GHC from source, with each iteration using the
> previous GHC binary as the compiler for the new build.

You might also try running the Jhc library build; on my system, that
gets the processor about 5C hotter than a GHC build.

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