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Small knoppix for distcc

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JerkasaurusRex

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I dont have any 700mb CDs so i cant use normal knoppix. I do have 650mb CDs so i need a smaller version of knoppix.

I have 3 computers in my house. 2 run win98 and the other 1 is OSless. I am going install gentoo on that one but i had an idea. That computer has a 2ghz CPU. The other 2 computer combined have 2.4ghz power. So if i run all 3 computers together through distcc i can have a 4.4ghz CPU buildign gentoo for me so instead of waiting hours for #emerge system and #emerge gnome it would go twice as fast. The problem is i need a version of knoppix with distcc that is 650mb or smaller i can use on the 2 windows boxs so i can link em to the 3rd box during the gentoo isntallation.

Also i have no experiance with distcc so i will needh elp setting that up too. All help will be greatly appreciated.
 

Arkaine23

Captain Random Senior Evil
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Nov 8, 2001
Since this is for a gentoo install, it's probably best to just install gentoo and setup distcc as one of the first things you emerge. Then you'll need to setup the other boxes to be clients for distcc so they can contribute to the compiling of apps done by the new gentoo box. I mean I'm pretty sure distcc is cross platform and can be run on windows boxes. If not then, you should boot those 2 boxes with a distccknoppix CD and configure them to aid the gentoo box.
 

Christoph

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Redmond, WA
Distcc Knoppix looks fun, but don't you need the *exact* same version of the GCC running on each of the distcc clients and the server? I remember that this was the big thing that kept me from using my Debian fileserver as a distcc client. There doesn't seem to be much information on the distcc Knoppix page concerning this.
 

Arkaine23

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Nov 8, 2001
You would use their internal IP's. For linux boxes this is pretty easy to setup static IP's and bind so that internal boxes on your LAN know each other by hostname and IP. Or you can add entries to the /etc/hosts file and the C:/WINNT/SYSTEM32/hosts file and accomplish the same thing.

The versions of gcc issue does sound correct to me from when I investigated the possibility of running distcc on a corporate gentoo network. In the end it didn't seem worth the effort. Just not enough compiling to warrant the use of distcc.
 

Christoph

JAPH Senior
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Redmond, WA
If your GCC binaries were could run on any x86 CPU, you could swipe those binaries from your main system, stick them on the distcc Knoppix CD and go. Not that it'd be simple, but you might be able to come up with a script to do it to make upgrading less painful.