John Birrell wrote:
> Currently 'make -j' reports an error if the number of jobs
> isn't specified.
> I'd like to change make(1) to treat -j (without a number) as
> meaning "set the number of jobs to the number of processors".
> On sun4v, each processor isn't too powerful and system performance
> is only decent when you use all the processors - 32 in my case.
> I've been working on a parallel 'make release' process which
> would benefit from having -j set by default. At the moment I
> set MAKEFLAGS=j32 in my environment and this achieves the desired
> result, but -j would be more general.

For gmake, a bare -j says to not limit the number of simultaneous jobs.
I don't think that it's a good idea to use a flag name that already
has a different (and potentially useful) meaning for gmake.

I have some concern that no matter what number of jobs you decide to run
simultaneously when your proposed flag is specified (N, N+1, 2N, etc.,
where N is the number of CPUs), that choice will not be universally
useful, since the best choice of argument to -j depends on what 'make'
is building. Might it be better to use sysctl(8) in your command line?

make -j `sysctl -n hw.ncpu`

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