Randy McMurchy randy at
Thu Apr 14 15:34:42 PDT 2005

Randy McMurchy wrote these words on 04/14/05 17:24 CST:
> Bruce Dubbs wrote these words on 04/14/05 17:08 CST:
>>   Estimated build time: < 0.1 SBU
> To me, the *lack* of precision in this example is much more misleading
> that what we have now.
> Let's say for the sake of roundness, binutils takes 2.5 minutes (two
> and one-half). Now 0.1 SBU would be 15 seconds.
> This would be way wrong for a package that compiles and installs
> in one, or two seconds. To the point it would look like we didn't
> know how to do elementary calculations.

I initially overlooked the less than sign in your example. With
the less than sign, it now makes sense to me. It would work, for
example, a machine that takes 10 minutes to do binutils, we are
saying that a < 0.1 SBU package would take under a minute.

That would probably work, as SBU's are bit of a stretch to pinpoint
accurately. Too many unknowns. It's not just CPU speed, but the
speed of the disk, amount of RAM and other variables we can't
account for.


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