Curiosity question

Hey everybody,

OK, so my apologies if thi8s is a stupid question. I’m really, really just curios.

Why does Browsers take so long to compile?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really do it, but I know it can take quite some time. I mean, I have an i7-8700K and I accidentally try to install Ungoogled-chromium by compiling it. After ~6+ hours, I stopped it, since it’s not that important to me, but I have been curios ever since.

Browsers are probably the largest pieces of software sources on your entire system. Not even the kernel is as big as browser are.

Browsers are basically little operating systems in an app these days.

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Good question but yet, there are more lines of code if the kernel than in a browser.
They say almost 30 millions loc in the kernel and about 23 millions in firefox.

There are maybe a lot of optimizations when you compile the kernel you don’t have in a browser :thinking:

This does make sense…

Firefox source is 350’ish MB compressed
Kernel source is about 170 MB compressed.




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