Re: gzipped executables

From: Ingo Oeser (
Date: Tue Feb 13 2001 - 07:09:49 EST

On Tue, Feb 13, 2001 at 08:40:31AM -0000, wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Feb 2001 23:09:39 -0600 (CST) Matt Stegman <> wrote:
> >Is there any kernel patch that would allow Linux to properly recognize,
> >and execute gzipped executables?
> Perhaps you could put it in the filesystem. Look at the
> "chattr" manpage, which shows how this is meant to work with
> ext2. It seems not to have been implemented yet. This way you
> could also compress any files, not just executables.

A nice way already implemented in 2.4.x is cramfs. Many embedded
people (like me) use it to fill up their flash disks.

Look at linux/Documentation/filesystems/cramfs.txt for more info.


Ingo Oeser

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