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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Make vm86 support optional
    On Thu, Dec 29, 2005 at 12:47:18PM -0600, Matt Mackall wrote:
    > On Thu, Dec 29, 2005 at 05:39:00AM +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
    > > On Wed, Dec 28, 2005 at 02:27:35PM -0600, Matt Mackall wrote:
    > > >...
    > > > +config VM86
    > > > + depends X86
    > > > + default y
    > > > + bool "Enable VM86 support" if EMBEDDED
    > > > + help
    > > > + This option is required by programs like DOSEMU to run 16-bit legacy
    > > > + code on X86 processors. It also may be needed by software like
    > > > + XFree86 to initialize some video cards via BIOS. Disabling this
    > > > + option saves about 6k.
    > > >...
    > >
    > > I don't like such space statements ("about 6k") in help texts, since
    > > history has shown that noone updates them when the actual size
    > > changes...
    >
    > What would you prefer? It's important to give a relative size vs
    > functionality savings so people can decide whether they want a feature
    > and simply saying a little/a lot is insufficient.

    I'd expect people using the "enable only if you know what you are doing"
    EMBEDDED option to be able to figure out themselves how big a space
    saving is (and even more important whether they can actually live
    without the feature). 

    cu
    Adrian

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