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SubjectRe: [2.6 patch] add an -Os config option
On Tue, Aug 12, 2003 at 11:43:50AM -0400, Timothy Miller wrote:
> Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> >On Mon, Aug 11, 2003 at 11:11:45PM +0200, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> >
> >>The patch below adds an option OPTIMIZE_FOR_SIZE (depending on EMBEDDED)
> >>that changes the optimization from -O2 to -Os.
> >
> >
> >Please dropt the if EMBEDDED - this makes perfecty sense for lots of
> >todays hardware..
> >
> >In fact we should probably rather do some some benchmarking whether it
> >would be a good idea to make -Os the default.
> Interesting thought... In reality, we want the system to spend as
> little time in the kernel as possible. If we've done that job right,
> then optimizing for size shouldn't matter as much. We're still spending
> most of our time in user space.
> Furthermore, it may be that we could benefit from compiling some source
> files with -Os and others with -O2, depending on how critical they are
> and how much they are ACTUALLY affected.
> Comments?

First of all, compiling my own kernel with gcc 3.3.1 resulted in less
than 10% difference in the size of the kernel image (and ACPI is not
part of my kernel) - the mere difference in size isn't that important
except for special needs (like boot _floppies_ or embedded systems
with very limited memory).

The benchmarking Christoph was referring to was to check whether a
kernel completely compiled with -Os is faster than a kernel compiled
with -O2. This might sound strange, but if the code is smaller more fits
into the cache and modern CPUs suffer much every time they need to
access the incredibly slow RAM.



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of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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