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SubjectRe: [2.6 patch] add an -Os config option
> >>+config OPTIMIZE_FOR_SIZE
> >>+ bool "Optimize for size" if EMBEDDED
> >>+ default n
> >>+ help
> >>+ Enabling this option will pass "-Os" instead of "-O2" to gcc
> >>+ resulting in a smaller kernel.
> >>+
> >>+ The resulting kernel might be significantly slower.
> >
> >
> > With most of the gcc's I tried -Os was faster.
>
>
> Why is -Os faster? Fewer cache misses?
>
> Wouldn't that make -O2 kinda pointless? It seems kinda futile to
> optimize for speed just to have it come out slower.

See the comments Linus made earlier this year on the same subject:

http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=104457390406050&w=2

Alan, could Valgrind help us to profile cache hits/misses in different
parts of the kernel?

John.
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