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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] -tiny tree for small systems (2.6.0-test11)
On Thu, Dec 11, 2003 at 09:37:34PM -0600, Matt Mackall wrote:

> This is the first release of a new kernel tree dubbed '-tiny' (someone
> already took -mm). The aim of this tree is to collect patches that
> reduce kernel disk and memory footprint as well as tools for working
> on small systems, an area Linux mainstream has been moving away from
> since Linus got a real job. Target users are things like embedded
> systems, small or legacy desktop folks, and handhelds.
> To get the ball rolling, I've thrown in about 50 patches that trim
> various bits of the kernel, almost all configurable, and a fair number
> may eventually be appropriate for mainline. All the config options are
> currently thrown under CONFIG_EMBEDDED and many of the minor tweaks
> are covered under a set of config options called CONFIG_CORE_SMALL,
> Nifty things I've included:
> - building with -Os
> - 4k process stacks (via -wli)
> - configurable removal of printk, BUG, and panic() strings
> - configurable HZ
> - configurable support for vm86, core dumps, kcore, sysfs, aio, etc.
> - a very nice kmalloc auditing system via /proc/kmalloc
> - auditing of bootmem usage
> - a system for counting inline instantiations
> - my netpoll/netconsole patches
> - my drivers/char/random fixups

I'd like to suggest you check out the "tweaks" idea I tossed out here:
If this sounds interesting, I've got a version of the patch (albeit old
and not applying directly right now I bet) that moved things into header
files and got all of the dependancy stuff correct except for the initial
run (so I think I was forcing an update with any make invocation, but
there were no spurious recompiles).

Tom Rini
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