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Old 08-20-2004, 11:03 AM   #1
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2.6 Kernel

can anyone offer me any advice towards getting a 2.6 kernel on damn small linux? Our system needs to have a 2.6 kernel, gcc, java and X all in around 120MB of flash
Old 08-21-2004, 12:17 PM   #2
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Are you sure that Damn Small Linux is really the distribution to use?

If you go to and do a search, you'll probably find something else that already has what you require.

Start by installing Damn Small Linux onto a hard disk, compile the extra things you need, and then copy everything except the sources to the flash. I'm not sure what you do about bootloaders on a flash card; someone else will have to answer that.

Do you really need gcc? Damn Small Linux includes tcc (, so you'll have to install gcc instead if you want it. I'd do a build of gcc from source (not exactly a trivial task) and set the CCOPTS to -Os (optimise for size) before building.

As far as the kernel is concerned, just install it from source (“make xconfig” then “make modules modules_install install”). When you configure it, don't include anything you don't need. Again, you might want to consider -Os as a compiler option, or at least -O1, as -O2 will increase the binary size quite a bit.

You can use strip to remove unused information in executables and libraries, which can make them a lot smaller:
strip /usr/bin/gcc
Another tip is to use gzexe to compress executable files.
gzexe /usr/X11R6/bin/XFree86
This will make the files smaller on disk, but take longer to start up.
Old 08-23-2004, 08:11 AM   #3
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I decided to build something out of a gentoo stage 1 tarball, but have used your suggestions of strip and maybe gzeze. And yes, I do need gcc. I am building this to someone elses specifications, so I dont question what they want.

Thanks for the help


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