I know what my laptop is doing. It's compiling Xfree86. I figured I'd
emerge rsync and an
emerge -uD world
yesterday. I let it run through the night and when I awoke this
morning, it was still chugging through XFree86.
I must admit, it's really awe-inspiring thinking about how much code is involved and how long it takes to compile it. It makes one think seriously about the:
code -> compile -> examine issues -> fix code ^ | | | ------------<---------------
methodology. Fixing a bug that way on my laptop would take weeks. When I was in college, I would tutor CS 1 and CS 2. It was difficult to watch people do theme-and-variations programming with syntax "Maybe I should add a ; here?... Nope. How about an extra *?... Nope--that didn't work either. How about ( ) around this?... Nope..."
Then I would point out, "Um--this would never work. Remove that extra *."
And they would say, "Nope--that won't work because it segfaults." Then I would sit there and try to explain why the two things are completely different issues and all I'd get back would be vacant looks.
That seems like a tough place to be in.