Re: initrd and NFS

Robert de Bath (
Tue, 20 May 1997 23:31:07 +0100

On 20 May 1997, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> I actually wrote a tool to do this while working for Yggdrasil. The
> bottom line is that it isn't worth the hassle: even with the very
> small spectrum of binaries that we were using, it only cut down libc
> by some 10-15%, and you may have to recompile it if you add any more
> binaries to the pool you want to execute...

Of course, you could use Dev86 from the elks project to make i386
executables now. The code generator isn't brilliant but the libc is
really tiny ... of course thats a problem too, there's a lot missing
from the libc.

Eg: gzip-1.2.4
Mode Size Compress time
gcc static 167k 15 sec
gcc shared 55k + 15 sec
bcc -Ml 68k 23 sec

Rob.                           (Robert de Bath <>)