Re: OFFTOPIC: Re: bzip2 for kernel dists?

Mike Kilburn (
Mon, 15 Dec 1997 18:49:34 +0200 (SAT)

> Seeing it? You win 10(30)K but have to supply a buffer of 100(900)K.

But surely the buffer used for decompression can be freed later. The root fs
saves another 60(100)K. My point was its useful for those oddballs like myself
who use linux with 1.5M flash disks. 60-100K additional space means I can have
more features. In this case RAM is cheap but flash is fixed size or expensive.

> - you'll force all people, who want to compile the kernel to have
> bzip2 handy (currently not the case)

If you dont need the feature dont use it and it doesn't need to be part of the
standard kernel. Someone was volunteering to code it and I am saying "yes, it
would be useful to me". I do realize its a lot of work.