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Maybe ... setting up a cross-compile environment would have been faster than running a pkgsrc bootstrap natively on the z50 🙄

Well, took about a day in the end... Wonder how long the SD card will hold up with the write load from swapping...

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@galaxis respect. That's a baller machine. You can run a modern *nix on it?

@alrs Currently it seems NetBSD 7.0.2 is the most modern to run on that platform - I went through the newer releases this past weekend, and while they are all still built for the hpcmips port, none of them is stable on the z50. I don't think anyone has tried for quite some time.

I, in turn, haven't used NetBSD pkgsrc in a long time - if I had known how much components the bootstrap has, I'd have approached this differently. Won't have time to try something else until the next weekend though...

@galaxis Probably a lot longer than you think. I've been running close to 80 Raspberry Pis on the same SD cards in production for about 2 years.
Every few months I do an update image and write that image to the SDs. If I notice that one of the SDs is getting unusually slow, I replace it. I haven't had to replace many at all.
The load on my SD cards is even worse than most, because in addition to OS swapping, I literally blow away the browser/config and restore it between every person using it.

@galaxis SD degradation is overblown by most people, IMO. The trick is to start with quality SD cards in the first place.

@paradroyd Yeah, I've had good luck with some, but it isn't really predictable. One of my cards has just stopped performing writes (without throwing errors), for example, and I don't know of any health indicators - though, as you say, watching out for increasing latency might be an indirect one.

@galaxis
That's where the process I'm using to update the images works for me me.. I'm using Terabyte Unlimited imaging tools that verify the images and I know exactly how long an image should take to write. Should be just over 4.5 minutes. If it takes much over 5, I retire the SD card.
I've seen less and less getting slow over time as I've shaken the "weak" ones out of the process.

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