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    SubjectRe: initramfs buffer spec -- second draft
    Andreas Dilger wrote:

    >>
    > Well, a few quick tests show (GNU cpio version 2.4.2), with raw sizes
    > in "blocks" as output by cpio, compressed sizes in bytes:
    >
    > find <dir> | cpio -o -H <format> | gzip -9 | wc -c
    >
    > dir bin (default) newc (proposed)
    > raw gzip raw gzip
    > /sbin 15121 3289678 12952 2769451
    > /etc 8822 689517 8996 693700
    > /usr/local/sbin 1895 385461 1899 385764
    >
    > The binary format reports lots of "truncating inode number", but for
    > the purpose of initramfs, that is not an issue as we don't anticipate
    > more than 64k files. I don't know why the /sbin test is so heavily
    > in favour of the newc (ASCII) format, but I repeated it to confirm
    > the numbers.
    >


    Probably because it does hard links.

    -hpa


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