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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/4] Add support for LZ4-compressed kernels
Am Dienstag, 29. Januar 2013, 10:15:49 schrieb Russell King - ARM Linux:
> On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 02:25:10PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > What's this "with enabled unaligned memory access" thing? You mean "if
> > that's only x86, which isn't really in the target market for this
> > patch, yes?
> >
> > It's a lot of code for a 50ms boot-time improvement. Does anyone have
> > any opinions on whether or not the benefits are worth the cost?
> Well... when I saw this my immediate reaction was "oh no, yet another
> decompressor for the kernel". We have five of these things already.
> Do we really need a sixth?
> My feeling is that we should have:
> - one decompressor which is the fastest
> - one decompressor for the highest compression ratio
> - one popular decompressor (eg conventional gzip)

the problem gets more complicated as the "fastest" decompressor usually
creates larger images which need more time to load from the storage, e.g. a
one MB larger image on a 10 MB/s storage (note: bootloaders often configure
the storage controllers in slow modes) gives 100 ms more boot time, thus
eating the gain of a "fast decompressor".


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