why is the kernel image compressed - Questions

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  1. why is the kernel image compressed

    when i boot a system that runs kernel 2.6, i get a message saying
    "Uncompressing linux . . ." why is the kernel image kept compressed?
    wouldn't it be faster if it didn't have to be decompressed on every
    boot?

  2. Re: why is the kernel image compressed

    kartik wrote:

    > when i boot a system that runs kernel 2.6, i get a message saying
    > "Uncompressing linux . . ." why is the kernel image kept compressed?
    > wouldn't it be faster if it didn't have to be decompressed on every
    > boot?


    No, the boot loader has a very crude disk driver; i.e slow. It's faster
    to read a small number of blocks and uncompress in core.

    /dan



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