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SubjectRe: /proc/config idea
yes it's unreclaimable memory and that's why we want to minimize how much
is used.

on the other hand there is a factor of reliability in the kernel knowing
what options were used to compile it that you just cannot match with a
seperate file, or even with it a part of the on-disk image that is thrown
out when it gets loaded into memory.

if the distro/sysadmin _always_ installs the kernel the 'right way' then
the difference isn't nessasarily that large, but if you want reliability
on any system it may be worth loosing a page or so of memory (hasn't
someone said that the data can be compressed to <1K?) make it so that you
need a common external tool to use the data and deliver it from the kernel
in compressed form and you don't even need to put the decompression
routine in the kernel (cat /proc/sys/kernel/config |gunzip >config)

David Lang

On Mon, 2 Apr 2001, Jeff Garzik

> Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2001 20:23:28 -0400
> From: Jeff Garzik <>
> To: Jeremy Jackson <>
> Cc: Ian Soboroff <>,
> Subject: Re: /proc/config idea
> Jeremy Jackson wrote:
> > Yes, I like this. I do this manually, it allows reproducability, and
> > incremental
> > modifications, tracing how that kernel on that problem system was made...
> >
> > I think the ultimate would be to put all of .config (gzipped?) in a new ELF
> > section without the Loadable attribute... I wish was the same.
> > The you're guaranteed you know how a kernel on disk was configured.
> >
> > To correlate a running kernel to one on disk (vmlinuz) you have LILO...
> > it appends an environment variable to the kernel command line with
> > the name of the file it booted. This is not infallable, since LILO maps
> > disk sectors, only using the filesystem at map install time.
> >
> > Permaps an md5sum of the .text ELF section would conclusively
> > link the in-core kernel with an on-disk vmlinuz? Shouldn't be hard
> > to do with objcopy and /proc/kmem?
> [...]
> > Comments anyone?
> Instead of doing all this stuff in the kernel, you could simply update
> symlinks to properly installed files at boot time.
> Putting _files_ in the kernel is plain silly. This is unreclaimable
> memory, folks. There is no need to special case an operation as simple
> as reading a file. [I think this about firmware images too, but that's
> another thread]
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