[LinuxBIOS] [Fastboot] Re: [Kboot-general] Re: small 64bit initrd

Steve Gehlbach steve at nexpath.com
Fri Jan 13 22:29:14 CET 2006

Thanks for the info.  I will give it a try.  I actually had linux-tiny 
in my list of links to get to and read, and hadn't got there yet.  A few 
months ago I just took a straight forward approach of clicking the same 
things I had in 2.4 for 2.6, and it built out at about 1300K.  It was so 
far from 900K that I didn't look any further.  Things that I need that 
add a lot are for example usb mass storage and also ext3 but I am not 
sure how much that adds.

I might also mention that I have always left out module support, and 
linked in 5-10 most popular network drivers.  There seems to be no 
savings in space since you would need all the modules on the disk 
anyway.  Never had any problems in the drivers finding their card or 
conflicting.  The idea is that it can be used on a wide variety of 
hardware without configuration.  Maybe others have a better approach I 
am open for ideas.

Steve G.

Eric W. Biederman wrote:

>I did some measurements in early 2.6.  Using the patches from the linux tiny
>tree.  2.6 was comparable with 2.2 and noticeably smaller than  2.4.
>Basically my conclusion is that 2.6 was only bigger because it had more
>stuff in it by default and almost all of that stuff is configurable.

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