On your next project, seriously consider mandating a maximum build time of (say) fifteen minutes.
Then hire someone – very early on – to keep it that way.
(stares at photos of family on desk)
(doesn’t open up a browser and read slashdot)
(cracks open that book on file systems again. watches build oozing its way up the screen. i swear it gets slower every time. one chapter. two chapters…)
SOMEBODY BROKE THE BUILD