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SubjectRe: bzDisk compression Q; boot debug Q
Holger Lubitz wrote:
>
> "D. Stimits" proclaimed:
> > down to 1.44 MB. But then it would also have to be self-extracting,
> > which complicates it, so I'm wondering how effective this current
> > compression is, and if a more bzip2-like system would be beneficial as
> > kernels get larger?
>
> bzip2 has pretty large memory requirements, consuming up to 8 MB in
> addition to the data being uncompressed.
> Although thats less of an issue now than it was some years ago, i still
> doubt that the kernel is going to be bzip2 compressed any time soon.
>
> if you're looking for better compression, you might want to examine upx
> (http://wildsau.idv.uni-linz.ac.at/mfx/upx.html). The kernel image
> compression is still experimental, but already usable. kernels tend to
> get ~100 K smaller compared to the usual gzip compressed bzImage.

Interesting stuff...and the license is non-commercial as well.

D. Stimits, stimits@idcomm.com

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