Subject: Re: Netpliance Iopener booted with NetBSD...
To: Jon Lindgren <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Andrew Brown <email@example.com>
Date: 03/23/2000 15:22:55
>> % gzip -9 hello
>> % ./hello.gz
>> Hello world
>> % uname -a
>> FreeBSD something.graffiti.com 2.2.8-STABLE FreeBSD 2.2.8-STABLE #0: Tue Jan 4 11:46:22 EST 2000 firstname.lastname@example.org:/usr/src/sys/compile/PAO i386
>That is a pretty slick feature, and it doesn't _seem_ like it would be
>that hard to do, either. This feature would be great for those of us with
>small disks; might it even improve performance over NFS rooted boxes? It
>also allows us to fit more userland onto the "system on a floppy" type of
>setups (for simple routers, etc...).
it's standard freebsd stuff (under a beer licence), and while there's
no reason that *all* architectures shouldn't benefit from this neat
hack, it does require putting gzip in the kernel. i can't say
anything about its stability (although i've never had a problem with
it), and since my old laptop doesn't have ktrace built into the
kernel, i cant say much for how it actually works.
it probably kills demand paging though. :)
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