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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Compress kernel modules on installation
On Fri, 26 Dec 2008, Roland wrote:

> what about some "make modules_install_compressed" instead ?
>
> as i have run out of diskspace quite often when installing test kernels, i
> think we really need a feature like this.
>
> i`d also favour the makefile approach.
> why another kconfig option?
>
> jan`s patch looks clean and simple, but i think it`s a little bit
> intrusive...

by default the main kernel is compressed, why should the modules not be
compressed by default as well?

> regards
> roland
>
> ps:
> i`d use gzip without "-9" as this gives very little space savings. it mostly
> burns cpu and slows things down too much.
> ( see
> http://www.linuxjournal.com/files/linuxjournal.com/linuxjournal/articles/080/8051/8051f1.png
> )

this varies a lot on the particulars of the data being compressed. I don't
know what difference it makes on the kernel modules, but I have seen it be
worth it in some other cases.

however, I do need to ask what the sizes of the resulting files end up
being (on my system the last kernel that used modules was 2.4.31, so I
can't just look this up myself). in most cases disks are formatted with 4K
blocks, so unless it shrinks across such a boundry it's not actually going
to help much.

one other thing to consider would be some ability to load the module out
of a tar or cpio bundle, that way you end up saving all the partial blocks
from each module as well.

David Lang

>
> On Friday 2008-12-26 20:48, Sam Ravnborg wrote:
>> > > >
>> > > > This patch allows kernel modules to be compressed when 'make
>> > > > modules_install' is run after being copied to
>> > > > the /lib/module/<version>/<...> directory which is useful if you > >
>> > have
>> > > > module-init-tools installed with --enable-zlib. This patch adds an
>> > > > option (MODULE_COMPRESS) to the kernel configuration file > > >
>> (specifically
>> > > > init/Kconfig) so that the kernel modules will compressed if
>> > > > MODULE_COMPRESS is set.
>> >
>> > I recently started compressing my kernel modules and that saved me
>> > at least 70 MB of disk space on mostlyallmodconfig.
>> > (And no, the argument of disks being cheap is not so true with
>> > CF or SSD.)
>> > Distro is lazy and wants to wait for upstream to have it,
>> > so is there any chance of getting this proposal in?
>>
>> Steve said he wanted to try to make the solution more
>> scalable so I am awaiting a new patch.
>
> Hm, all I needed was this patch. It might fire up some people,
> but it's got all the scalability I could think of..
>
>
> commit b4a3e1c610c99d4e8b543b97fd722076c6f7c5dd
> Author: Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@medozas.de>
> Date: Wed Dec 10 20:39:21 2008 +0100
>
> build: install modules compressed
> ---
> scripts/Makefile.modinst | 2 +-
> 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/scripts/Makefile.modinst b/scripts/Makefile.modinst
> index efa5d94..c3421a1 100644
> --- a/scripts/Makefile.modinst
> +++ b/scripts/Makefile.modinst
> @@ -17,7 +17,7 @@ __modinst: $(modules)
> @:
>
> quiet_cmd_modules_install = INSTALL $@
> - cmd_modules_install = mkdir -p $(2); cp $@ $(2) ; $(mod_strip_cmd) \
> $(2)/$(notdir $@) + cmd_modules_install = mkdir -p $(2); cp $@ $(2) ; \
> $(mod_strip_cmd) $(2)/$(notdir $@); gzip -9f $(2)/$(notdir $@)
> # Modules built outside the kernel source tree go into extra by default
> INSTALL_MOD_DIR ?= extra
> --
>
>
>
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