[distcc] [rfc] [patch] distccd: remote command substitution (not tested!)

Ihar `Philips` Filipau thephilips at gmail.com
Sat Mar 10 14:19:32 GMT 2007


  Preface. I have installed Gentoo on my PowerBook with 1GHz CPU.
  Problem. Compilation is darn slow!
  Solution: SMP PC from server room trash can, Gentoo's "crosdev -t" &
distcc == magic ;-)
  Problem: Not all packages are correctly referring to host compiler
by full name. Gentoo people seem to patch configuration systems as
much as they can, but yet many packages (even if told implicitly to
use compiler by full name) dumbly call "gcc" or "cc" or "g++". When
that reaches my i686 gcc, it gets very confused by "-mcpu=G4". Worse
part that it often sends compiled .o to client and it gets errors much
later during linking - since .o is built for i686 not PowerPC.
  Solution: patch distccd to replace commands send from particular
hosts to provided local commands.

  Please review the (not tested) patch. (It is against 2.18.3 - but I
checked it against tla repository and see no conflicts.) It adds to
distccd command line option "--subst-rcmd RCMD at IP=LCMD". When distccd
sees command RCMD from client with address IP it replaces the command
with LCMD. (Wildcards for RCMD/LCMD and IP are possible, though I'm
not yet sure are needed).

  For my case it would look like that:
  $ distccd --allow     \
     --subst-rcmd g++ at    \
     --subst-rcmd gcc at
  To tell distccd to run for client commands prefixed with
powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu instead of plain local gcc/g++.

  I had no chance to test it (but it compiles already) since I'm not
sure that I fix problem on right end. There are arguments in my head
for fix on both sides: distcc and distccd. But I'm not sure what is
better. Best is of course to fix broken build systems out there - what
isn't option due to vast number of them.
  If anybody from distcc/d developers can provide any comments or
feedback or input on proposed command line option and/or proper way to
do that - it would be greatly appreciated.

  I have time to test and make real patch for the change, If anybody
is really interested out there.

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