Sparc linux is really so big?

Jon Tombs (
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 11:45:27 +0200 (MET DST)


I've recently installed redhat 4.1 on a 8MB Sun IPC, seems fine, but
even after recompiling the kernel with the minimum set of drivers,
the kernel is using a lot of ram (952k kernel code, 880k data). The
kernel code size seems reasonable, but why does it have ~3* the data of
a x86 kernel?

The result is that the machine seems slower than SunOs 4.1.3 as it
is heavily swaping. Is sparc linux really such a memory hog, or
is the redhat 2.0.27 kernel modified somehow.

Where do I find the latest stable Sparc kernel source? Straight
2.0.30 has header file problems.

BTW the kernel does seem fairly robust, the Redhat makefile comes
as default with make -j5 and gcc -pipe. The sistem was able to
survive 6 hr struggling to compile, until I noticed and restarted
the make without the -j5 :-)


Jon. <,>