Subject: Re: removal of the mount_links (was: CVS commit: src/sbin)
To: None <>
From: Luke Mewburn <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/20/2003 03:25:35
On Sun, Jan 19, 2003 at 05:03:26PM +0100, Bernd Ernesti wrote:
  | On Sun, Jan 19, 2003 at 12:49:13PM +0200, Jaromir Dolecek wrote:
  | > 
  | > Module Name:	src
  | > Committed By:	jdolecek
  | > Date:		Sun Jan 19 10:49:13 UTC 2003
  | > 
  | > Modified Files:
  | > 	src/sbin: Makefile
  | > 	src/sbin/mount: Makefile mount.c
  | > 
  | > Log Message:
  | > do not link all mount programs into single image; the total size
  | > difference isn't really that huge now that these are compiled as
  | > dynamic
  | I disagree here. On i386 thats an extra of 797096 bytes, which is a
  | lot for small devices like flash cards.

Actually, the increase is < 100KB on i386 (not 780KB).
("du -c /sbin/mount*" reports "103" for the old way, versus "201"
after this change).

Also, if you're that concerned about disk space for such small systems,
use crunchgen; it's even more space efficient than shared libraries.

  | And where was that discussed?
  | IMHO we should go back to hardlinks.

This change seems fairly non-intrusive, makes the build of mount a bit
simpler, and probably makes it much easier to remove support for file
systems you don't need (rather than compiling support for every file
system into /sbin/mount).  IIRC, Jaromir did the hacks to merge this
a couple of years ago to save 1.7MB of space in /sbin when we didn't
have a dynamically linked /sbin.