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SubjectRe: Mounting a in-ROM filesystem efficiently
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard B. Johnson" <root@chaos.analogic.com>
To: "Bradley D. LaRonde" <brad@ltc.com>
Cc: "Thomas Capricelli" <orzel@kde.org>; <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 2:41 PM
Subject: Re: Mounting a in-ROM filesystem efficiently


> On Thu, 13 Dec 2001, Bradley D. LaRonde wrote:
>
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Richard B. Johnson" <root@chaos.analogic.com>
> > To: "Bradley D. LaRonde" <brad@ltc.com>
> > Cc: "Thomas Capricelli" <orzel@kde.org>; <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
> > Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 1:34 PM
> > Subject: Re: Mounting a in-ROM filesystem efficiently
> > > Well RAM is a hell of a lot cheaper than NVRAM. If you don't have
> > > the required RAM on your box, the hardware engineers screwed up
> > > and have to be "educated" preferably with an axe in the parking-lot.
> >
> > As I mentioned before, there may be other-than-cost considerations for
> > choosing the amount of RAM on a box. For example, low power consumption
on
> > portable devices. For another example, a huge ROM database that doesn't
> > need to be in RAM all at once.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Brad
> >
>
> Then you make a block-device device-driver that extracts and uncompresses
> each read from ROM/NVRAM upon demand. It pretends to write. The actual
> data-storage device is still paged and it only writes to the caller's
> buffer so it doesn't use any RAM for storage.

Or you could use cramfs + the patch that I mentioned a few e-mails ago. :-)

> There are many arguments, but I don't think power consumption is
> one of them. Whatever they use for RAM on the palm machines allows
> the machines to run a week on 4 'aa' -size batteries. Maybe they
> grab kinetic energy from keystrokes using flea-generators ^;).

No flea-generators that I know of. :-)

SDRAM, even in self-refresh mode, does draw considerable current. But then
again so does decompressing stuff from ROM all the time.

Regards,
Brad

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