[arch-general] A question about Arch Sixty Four

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Mon May 24 21:26:28 EDT 2010

On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 8:13 PM, Gary Wright <wriggary at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2010/5/24 Frédéric Perrin <frederic.perrin at resel.fr>:
>> On a 64 bit machine, in « char *p; », p will use 64 bits (8 bytes),
>> instead of 4 bytes in a 32 bits machine [I'm talking about p, not about
>> *p which doesn't look like it exists]. Gary Wright seems to be saying
>> that the impact is negligible. Nicky726 seems to be saying that there
>> is a difference of up to 80%. I am surprised by such a claim, but there
>> seems to be anecdotes on Google of people seeing the same thing. As I
>> don't have a 64 bits machine, I can't test for myself.
>> --
>> Fred
> Well, heres something vaguely empirical.  Just downloaded the two
> latest netinstall medias and threw them on a usb stick.  I ran
> precisely four commands after logging in as root on each netinstall
> arch:
> 1) mkdir /mnt/tmp
> 2) mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/tmp  #my home partition
> 3) uname -a >> /mnt/tmp/gary/memcomp
> 4) free -m >> /mnt/tmp/gary/memcomp
> results to be seen here:
> http://aur.pastebin.com/YwTJA6cR
> short story:  ~29 MB more used on x86_64... or about 30 percent.
> But when installing a whole system, many more variables come into
> play.  It might have just been my dumb luck that ram usage ended up
> within 1-2 mb of eachother.

47 MB - 21 MB (for a difference of 26 MB) is what you want to be
looking at and nothing else. Throw buffers and cache out the window.
Of course, that now skews the percentage a lot higher than what you
stated to (47 - 21) / 21 = 123%. I'm not buying those numbers though
as you didn't capture near enough information and not all that much
was running.

More useful are probably things like pmap comparison of the same
binaries, etc. after doing as close to identical operations. I'm not
sure even that would help, see the following pastebin to see those
deceiving results: http://aur.pastebin.com/GzjTZYMe


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