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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: fix unconditional arch/x86/kernel/pcspeaker.c?compiling
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On Sat, 2008-01-19 at 22:59 -0600, Rob Landley wrote:
> On Friday 18 January 2008 11:10:19 Matt Mackall wrote:
> > > * Disable support for readahead, page writeback, pdflush and swap
> > > when we have no storage at all (typically booting from an
> > > initramfs). This corresponds to 69 KB of source code!
> >
> > That'd be nice, yes. It would probably make sense to be able to disable
> > just readahead support when we're working with only solid-state devices.
>
> Very nice. From a UI standpoint, shouldn't disabling the block layer take at
> least some of that out?

There are a number of laptops now that ship with solid-state disks.
These things look like normal IDE block devices to the kernel, but have
zero seek time and zero rotational latency. So here, prefetch is a waste
of memory and probably increases latency on average.

This will also be true for using prefetch on a typical embedded board
using compact flash through an IDE interface controller (extremely
common).

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Mathematics is the supreme nostalgia of our time.



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