btdu - a sampling disk usage profiler for btrfs (written in D)

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Mon Nov 9 12:21:55 UTC 2020

On Sunday, 8 November 2020 at 17:23:32 UTC, Vladimir Panteleev 
> D-related thoughts:
> - D programs that build fine on one Linux machine may still 
> fail to build with mysterious linking errors on another, even 
> when using Dub which takes care of dependency management. I saw 
> two counts of this, caused by differences in DMD/LDC and 
> Arch/Debian (one being that, for whatever reason, libz is not 
> pulled in on LDC/Debian despite being a Phobos dependency). 
> Also, LDC is the D compiler that's installed by default when 
> the system wants a D compiler (e.g. if you try do install Dub 
> by itself).
> - The garbage collector is still a major hindrance for system 
> programming. In this case it was due to the ioctls used being 
> slow, and when the GC tries to stop the world to do its thing, 
> it just hangs the entire program until ALL ioctls in all 
> threads complete. This means it wasn't possible to have a 
> stutter-free interactive UI, so I had to move processing to 
> subprocesses.
> - One user wondered why the program needed so many threads. The 
> answer was that half of them were owned by the GC (it never 
> stops its worker threads, they just sit idle).
> - I used the Deimos ncurses bindings package. I'm thankful that 
> it already existed, though I had to push some fixes to fix 
> static linking. The most annoying part was waiting overnight 
> for to pick up the new tags, because there is no 
> way to get it to update a package unless you're the owner, and 
> no way to otherwise specify a dependency unless using a branch 
> (which is deprecated and prints a big warning when your users 
> build your program).
> - Nice D features that came in useful: reflection to generate a 
> lightweight serializer/deserializer for subprocess 
> communication; strings as slices to allow processing them 
> without copying them out of the network buffer; and template 
> mixins to add common behavior to types without runtime 
> polymorphism.

I like the report about how D was efficienet to develop this 
tool, otherwise
what do you use it for ? What is the typical usage of such tools ?

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