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Old 10-22-2006, 05:38 PM   #16
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the compile

Well, things went OK I guess..... but still a couple of doubts.

The compile produced a bzImage instead of a vmlinux. Should there be a size difference of close to 50%. Would I assume that bzImage is compressed and vmLinux is not. bzImage is about 1.7M and and vmlinux is about 3.1M.

But where there's a big difference is in the moudels. For instance,the compile produced a lower quantity of modules, which could be because the .config for Slackware specifies more modules. I tried not to change the "stock" configuration much, modifying just a little bit more than I needed for the serial part.

But the big difference seems to be in the size of the module files. Here's an example:

/lib/modules/2.6.13/kernel/drivers/acpi ( an area that I didn't touch )

module compiled size Slack size
container.ko----- -- ----------YES ( didn't note the size)
fan.ko----------- -- ----------YES ( didn't exist in the compile)
processor.ko ---- -- ----------YES
thermal.ko------- -- ----------YES
video.ko--------- -- ----------YES
From container on there were no modules in the compile.

Perhaps I should do it all over, now that I've got the hang of it, unless you can tell me that this isn't all that strange. I hadn't made any efforts to remove pieces that I thought I wouldn't be using, which I do this time around. Maybe I can use my present .config as a reference as well.

The other thing. The whole modules tarball weighs about 150M and I only have 65M left on the host CPU. I wanted to see if I could just copy the new modules.

Old 10-22-2006, 06:08 PM   #17
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Hi DavidHB

I am not an expert on this, but I will say that I have kernel 2.6.16 (they always get bigger)
my /boot/vmlinuz is 1.3 Mb and my modules dir is 12.3 Mb
I have pruned it over the years to do only what I require, and with a fair number of mistakes along the way...
But with a bit of careful reading of the compile options, I am sure you can get your kernel down to a smaller size.
How are your serial ports?



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