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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Re: crc32 and lib.a (was Re: [PATCH] nbd in 2.5.3 does
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Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk> writes:

> > As a side note, this thing is so tiny (less than 4K on sparc64!) so
> > why don't we just include it unconditionally instead of having all
> > of this "turn it on for these drivers" stuff?
>
> Because 100 4K drivers suddenly becomes 0.5Mb. There are those of us trying
> to stuff Linux into embedded devices who if anything want more configuration
> options not people taking stuff out.
>
> What I'd much rather see if this is an issue is:
>
> bool 'Do you want to customise for a very small system'
>
> which auto enables all the random small stuff if you say no, and goes
> much deeper into options if you say yes.

I mostly agree. Except when I have looked at trying to get the kernel
(compiled size down) the biggest bloat was in the core. Things like
having both a page and a block cache.

Getting code reuse in the core higher would cut down on kernel size a
lot. But that isn't quick fix territory.

Eric
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