New debug kernel installation mechanism committed to HEAD
dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Wed Oct 20 16:19:59 PDT 2004
I've committed the debug kernel work to HEAD. It is possible to slip
the Stable tag for it (I'm pretty sure) but I would like to delay doing
that until people running HEAD get a chance to test it.
I realized something very interesting while doing the work, and that is
the backup kernel and modules created when you installkernel are not
stripped of their debug info, which means that one will often wind up
with 3+40 = 43 MB of *BACKUP* kernel and module data after an install
kernel under the old regime.
The new kernel install rules will automatically strip the debug info
from the backup copies even while saving the fully debug kernel as
/kernel, reducing the space used by the backups from ~43MB to ~13MB,
saving ~30MB, while only eating an additional ~10MB for the new
So, believe it or not, for people who do 'installkernel' a lot with
debug kernels, these changes will actually save you ~20MB of disk space
in the root partition even though /kernel is 10MB bigger!! Now is
that cool or what?
In anycase, see the commit message for further details. Additional
make flags have been added to give you control over the stripping
of the kernel's debug info, and a separate control over the stripping
of the module's debug info. Everyone should be happy.
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