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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/8] core-small: Introduce CONFIG_CORE_SMALL from -tiny
On Sun, Jan 23, 2005 at 12:40:42AM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Matt Mackall <mpm@selenic.com> wrote:
> >
> > This set of patches introduces a new config option CONFIG_CORE_SMALL
> > from the -tiny tree for small systems. This series should apply
> > cleanly against 2.6.11-rc1-mm2.
> >
> > When selected, it enables various tweaks to miscellaneous core data
> > structures to shrink their size on small systems. While each tweak is
> > fairly small, in aggregate they can save a substantial amount of
> > memory.
>
> You know what I'm going to ask ;) How much memory?

This stuff is mostly pretty small, a few K per patch. I think these 8
are about 40k total but my notes are several months old.

> I wish it didn't have "core" in the name. A little misleading.

Well I've got another set called NET_SMALL. BASE?

> Did you think of making CONFIG_CORE_SMALL an integer which has values zero
> or one?
>
> Then you can lose all those ifdefs:
>
> #define MAX_PROBE_HASH (255 - CONFIG_CORE_SMALL * 254) /* dorky */

Ew.

> #define PID_MAX_DEFAULT (CONFIG_CORE_SMALL ? 0x1000 : 0x8000)
> #define UIDHASH_BITS (CONFIG_CORE_SMALL ? 3 : 8)
> #define FUTEX_HASHBITS (CONFIG_CORE_SMALL ? 4 : 8)
> etc.

Hmm. I think we'd want a hidden config variable for this and I'm not
sure how well the config language allows setting an int from a bool.
And then it would need another name. On the whole, seems more complex
than what I've done.

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