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Re: kernel dev patches

Daniel Jacobowitz wrote:
> 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!
> Dan

Fair enough, still its unfortunate that proc wasts a lot of space, i
guess its just unavoidable then.

I might continue with it anyway just for personal interest and to help
me in understanding how the kernel works.


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