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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Only use MSDOS-Partitions by default on X86
On Tue, May 06 2003, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> On Tue, 6 May 2003, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > On Tue, May 06 2003, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > On Maw, 2003-05-06 at 18:23, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> > > > According to Alan it's nearly possible to configure the block layer out
> > > > entirely, which would be a good thing to associate with a CONFIG_DISK option
> > > > too.
> > >
> > > David Woodhouse I believe..
> >
> > Are we talking about everything below submit_bh/bio? Shouldn't be too
> > hard to write a small no-block.c for that...
> The idea is to configure out everything not needed when only NFS and/or JFFS
> (which doesn't rely on the block layer to work) are used. Pretty useful for
> networked or embedded machines.

I see, that would indeed be a bigger job :). Just the block layer would
not be hard, especially if you make the restriction that the block
drivers usable would be ones that used a make_request strategy for
handling requests. That would allow you to kill ll_rw_blk.c,
deadline-iosched.c, and elevator.c. That's some 21k of text and 2k of
data on this box.

Jens Axboe

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