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Alan Barrett <apb%cequrux.com@localhost> writes:
> I haven't checked how rescue is linked, but I think that it would be
> more useful if it were linked against libraries that worked with the
> least-capable hardware we support. In the particular case of the i386
> port and FPU support, this implies that it should use the soft float
> version of libm. The same applies to programs in install ramdisk
Unfortunately those are also significantly larger, and only a very
small percentage of users (which is dropping all the time) would want
I'm starting to lean in favor of a soft float compilation option for
the x86 for such cases.
> On a related issue, it might make sense to avoid floating point
> operations in rescue and in install ramdisk images. In the particular
> case of ping, the floating point code could be made conditional
> on #ifdef SMALLPROG or the like, or (with a lot more effort) the
> calculations could be done in integer arithmetic.
I'm not sure that is worth the effort for the tiny number of machines
it would help...
Perry E. Metzger perry%piermont.com@localhost
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