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Re: kernel dev patches

On Wed, Jul 19, 2000 at 12:02:30AM -0400, Ben Collins wrote:
> > The reason for not just using the normal /proc is that it enlarges the
> > kernel by about 67KB in 2.[34].x which is about 5% of our space on the
> > initial boot floppy. By using a few dev modules we could (if we choose)
> > avoid having to use a kernel with /proc support compiled in.
> I Don't think we will ever be able to reasonably support using a kernel
> without /proc on boot-floppies, or any other system. There are quite a few
> things that are needed in /proc besides partitions and filesystems (among
> them are cpuinfo). Replacing all of them with some sort of device or ioctl
> type thing, isn't feasible I think.

Not to mention that it makes it nearly impossible to use the installer
to rescue a system - I always begin by chrooting and mounting proc
inside the chroot!


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