A Very Slow Link-Edit - get the latest patch

Rod Evans — Thursday October 13, 2005

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A customer recently posted to the Dynamic Linking forum in regards to an awfully slow link-edit. A shared library, built from Sun Studio 10 with debugging (-g), was taking 20 minutes to link on Solaris. By comparison, the same link took 4-5 minutes on Linux, and 15 seconds on Windows.

I got a copy of the objects and found that the link-edit was considerably faster on my desktop - less than a minute. This is no small link-edit. There are a number of very large input files, and in total, ld(1) processes 65057 input symbols, and the killer, over 1.3 million input relocations.

It turns out we'd already uncovered a scalability issue from investigating a slow link-edit from another customer. Basically there are some tests within ld(1) that attempt to identify displacement relocation use within data items that have the potential for copy-relocations. Not something typically users come across, but an area where our compiler engineers had once fallen foul. Thus the checks were requested by our compiler developers to aid their experimentation.

A patch already existed that addressed this slow link-edit, which was fixed under bugid 6262789. The patches are:

    Solaris/SunOS 5.10_sparc    patch 117461-03
    Solaris/SunOS 5.10_x86      patch 118345-03
    Solaris/SunOS 5.9_sparc     patch 112963-21
    Solaris/SunOS 5.9_x86       patch 113986-17
    Solaris/SunOS 5.8_sparc     patch 109147-36
    Solaris/SunOS 5.8_x86       patch 109148-36

The customer now has the relevant patch. Their link-time is down to 35 seconds.Which is still not as fast as Windows, so we still have some work to do. Perhaps the compilers could generate a little less for us to do :-).

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Ian Collins — Thursday October 13, 2005
There is also an issue with the latest compilers (studio 9 and up) where duplicate non-inlined inline functions are now global and removed at link time. This caused the link time for an application I was working on to increase from 7 to 82 seconds. The no%extinl option reverts this behaviour. Ian.
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