bitbake controlling memory use

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My build machine has 8 cores + HT so bitbake enthusiastically assumes 16. However I have (only?) 16GB of RAM (+24GB swap space).

16GB of RAM has always been more then enough with 4 core + HT, but now building certain recipes (nodejs, but rust will probably do it as well) eats up more memory then there actually is RAM causing excessive swapping.

In fact the swapping is so excessive that just this single recipe determines largely the total image build time. However restricting bitbake (or actually parallel make) to use only 4 cores + HT sounds also like a waste.

I know this has been looked at in the past, but I think it needs fundamental resolving (other then, hé, why not add just another stick of memory).

What I do manually when I run into swapping so bad my desktop becomes unresponsive is ssh from another machine and then stop (not kill) the processes that use the most memory.

These then get swapped out, but not back in, allowing the remaining tasks to complete without swapping. Then when sufficient memory becomes free again I continue the stopped processes.

Isn't this something that could be added to bitbake to automate using memory efficiently?

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