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SubjectRe: I made a bzip2 bootloader and ramdisk patch, ?useful/not?

On Mon, 29 Apr 2002, Jeff Garzik wrote:

> I made this patch for 2.2.x kernels long ago, and if you search

Ah. But it looks like you only patched the ramdisk loader, I did
the bootloader also. My intention is that it would be used as a
replacement for the gzip thoughout, the kernel I have on tomsrtbt
2.0.88 does the bzip2 kernel load and bzip2 ramdisk load, and does
not include the gzip code at all.

As for figures-

I have only tested with bzip2 -9, and my patch only supports small
(not fast), (remember that I'm coming from a floppy diskette...).
I'm aiming for compression then memory then speed, so, I don't have
numbers for what bzip2 -1 or fast-RLE would be like. Moreover, the
tomsrtbt is loading a 4MB ramdisk from a 1.722 floppy, so I'm not
testing memory usage beyond pass/fail on an 8MB machine.

In _my_ configuration, (tomsrtbt 2.0.88), the numbers (to the best
accuracy I have, using the current best measure I have performed):


gzip bzip2 savings

Kernel 862209 831381 30828

Ramdisk 939474 880756 58718
______ ______ _____
Total 1801683 1712137 89546

Speed Memory

Gzip Lightning Thimble

Bzip2 Molasses Bathtub


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