[kde-solaris] [preannouncement] KDE 3.3.1 Solaris 8/9 SPARC Forte build

Stefan Teleman steleman at nyc.rr.com
Tue Nov 2 07:24:44 CET 2004


I now have CVS write access at KDE. But i have to be very careful 
about checking in patches, because many of them would break binary 
compatibility. I will probably be able to check in most of the 
Solaris patches during the lull between the last 3.3.* release and 
3.4 (or 4). Until then i have to be very restrained. :-)

I am using Forte 9 (since 3.3, before that i was using Forte 8).

On average, i see a performance bump of about 30% when building with 
Forte vs. GCC -- just about the performance specs published by Sun 
about Forte vs. GCC. I don't think one can beat the Sun engineers 
when it comes to UltraSPARC optimizations (and compiler design as 
well, but that's a whole another topic alltogether and it's rife with 
flamewar material, so i will stop here :-).

If you're interested in the Forte compiler flags i use, i uploaded 
everything about that stuff (shell scripts, environment variables) in 
the 3.3.0 release (in the Solaris/9/PATCHES subdirectory).

I thought your Tyler patches were in the source tree already ? If they 
are not, please sent them to me -- i will apply them.

The KDE packages install under /opt/kde-<release>.<major>.<minor>
(i.e. this release will be /opt/kde-3.3.1).
QT installs under /opt/qt-<release>.<major>.<minor>-32
(i.e. /opt/qt-3.3.3-32).
The additional required libraries (about 130+ of them) install under 
/opt/fsw4sun/<lots-of-stuff> -- everything built with Forte (8 and 



On Tuesday 02 November 2004 01:05, Aaron Williams wrote:
> Any chance of your patches getting checked in?  Also, what version
> of Forte are you using?  Do you see much performance difference
> when compiling with Forte?  Note I am running 3.3.1 compiled with
> gcc 3.3.4 and have just recompiled with -mcpu=v9 and -O3 which
> makes a huge difference in some cases (Tyler is *much* faster with
> -mcpu=v9).
> BTW, I also have patches to get the 'Tyler' visualization plugin
> working on Solaris.
> Also, what directories do you install everything under?
> -Aaron

Stefan Teleman          'Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition'
steleman at nyc.rr.com                          -Monty Python

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