Re: [RFC PATCH v2 0/4] Add support for LZ4-compressed kernel


Nicolas Pitre <nico@...>
 

On Wed, 27 Feb 2013, Johannes Stezenbach wrote:

On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 09:51:39AM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 04:36:47PM +0900, Kyungsik Lee wrote:
Compiler: Linaro ARM gcc 4.6.2
2. ARMv7, 1.7GHz based board
Kernel: linux 3.7
Uncompressed Kernel Size: 14MB
Compressed Size Decompression Speed
LZO 6.0MB 34.1MB/s Old
----------------------------------------
6.0MB 34.7MB/s New
6.0MB 52.2MB/s(UA)
=============================================
LZ4 6.5MB 86.7MB/s
UA: Unaligned memory Access support
That is pretty conclusive - it shows an 8% increase in image size vs a
66% increase in decompression speed. It will take a _lot_ to offset
that increase in decompression speed.

So, what I think is that yes, we should accept LZ4 and drop LZO from
the kernel - the "fast but may not be small" compression title has
clearly been taken by LZ4.
I think LZO may be used by squashfs, jffs2 and btrfs, thus you
cannot drop it without breaking on disk storage formats.
It is not about dropping LZO from the kernel entirely. It's about
removing support for compressing zImage using LZO (and some others).
There is no compatibility issue as zImage embeds its own decompression
code.


Nicolas

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