[fpc-devel] Bounty for MIPS

Pierre Free Pascal pierre at freepascal.org
Mon Jan 30 21:08:27 CET 2012

>>Anyhow, I just discovered that 
>>the /home directory is 99% full on that GCC compile farm machine,
>>meaning that only  remote tests will be possible ☹
>>It seems that lots of developers have the same issue about finding 
>>MIPS machines for testing ….
>Would you consider the NetGear WNDR3800 680Mhz, 128MB RAM with a USB Flash drive of 32GB to be good enough for the development of the FPC toolchain ?
>(in this case, I can purchase and ship such device to your place),
>or would you consider that only a qemu virtual MIPS machine which can handle more memory and more disk space to be suitable for the development ?

  I just googled a bit and read that the
USB flash drives are considered as having only a limited number of writes
before that fail... (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_flash_drive)
So I wonder how long such a system like that would last (it probably also depends on 
the USB key quality itself?) if I run the testsuite each night
on it...

 Would a small USB hard drive be better? But does the device
have enough power to support such an external drive?
Would the speed be significantly lower or is the USB 2.0 
speed the real limitation?

 Pierre Muller

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