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SubjectRe: kernel size
On Tue, 9 Oct 2001, Horst von Brand wrote:

> "Richard B. Johnson" <root@chaos.analogic.com> said:
> > On Tue, 9 Oct 2001, Ingo Oeser wrote:
>
> [...]
>
> > > strip -R .ident -R .comment -R .note
> > >
> > > is your friend.
>
> [...]
>
> > Yes! Wonderful...
> > -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1571516 Oct 9 10:50 vmlinux
> > -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1590692 Oct 1 13:26 vmlinux.OLD
> >
> > That got rid of some cruft.
>
> Yep. A WHOOPing 1.2% of the total. BTW, is this stuff ever being loaded
> into RAM with the executable kernel, discarded on boot, or what?
>

Yes. It shows in /proc/kcore. Just wasted. It does mean something
on an embedded system.

It just __might__ mean that I can use a later kernel than 2.4.1
(they grow, you know). I'm mucking with things now.

> IMHO, it would be more productive to go after savings via .init*, and
> perhaps bug the GCC/binutils people to merge strings...
> --

It would be nice. I don't mind one advertisement in the kernel, but
presently there is one for every file that was linked.


Cheers,
Dick Johnson

Penguin : Linux version 2.4.1 on an i686 machine (799.53 BogoMips).

I was going to compile a list of innovations that could be
attributed to Microsoft. Once I realized that Ctrl-Alt-Del
was handled in the BIOS, I found that there aren't any.


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