Re: A couple "normal user" questions..

H. Peter Anvin (
31 Jan 1997 17:38:26 GMT

Followup to: <>
By author: (Alan Cox)
In newsgroup:
> I don't want 8K of my kernel wasted because I can't remember to save config
> files. For vendors they can ship configs with the kernel. One thing slackware
> did get right is providing config and files for the default
> kernels

Rather than storing 8K worth of config information as text, how about
storing some form of compacted data which can be used to deduce the
configuration by a user-space program (in the presence of the
sources)? The easiest way to do this would be to store simply the
keypresses one would have to enter into "make config" to generate the
equivalent configuration, although something that would be more
intelligent about patches and differing kernel versions would be
better, of course.


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