James Britt wrote:
> Roger Pack wrote:
>> Wondering if anybody had suggestions for how to speed up 1.8.6 on an old
>> mac os x ppc.  Thoughts?
> 
> Before this goes too far, the answer "Use C" would be considered:
> 
> A) Helpful
> B) Trolling
> C) Flame-bait
> D) Laughable
> E) None of the above
> 
> 
> 
> 

Well ... my answer was, "if it's a notebook, I'll give you $50 for it." :)

Seriously, though, the answer "Buy a faster Mac" would be considered:

A) Cheating
B) Lazy
C) A wiser use of resources than trying to tweak Ruby 1.8.6
D) Premature optimization
E) All of the above

So ... I assume you tried

$ export CFLAGS='march=ppc -O3'
$ ./configure
$ make