Re: Problems with to large of a kernel

CaT (
Tue, 1 Dec 1998 17:54:38 +1100 (EST)

Timm Gleason wrote the following:
> Having just started messing around with the 2.1.x kernels with the imminent
> release of 2.2, I am having quite a time of it. I cannot seem to get a
> kernel image to compile that I may use on a floppy disk. First couple of
> times through I tried adding in the bits and pieces that I use in the kernel
> configuration and it wouldn't compile, the kernel size was to large for a
> zImage. Went through and pared out a bunch of stuff, but to no avail.
> So, I remove the directory where I was working and untar a fresh copy. make
> mrproper, make menuconfig (and make no changes), make dep, make clean, make
> zImage. Too large.
> tools/build bootsect setup compressed/vmlinux.out CURRENT > zImage
> Root device is (8, 2)
> Boot sector 512 bytes.
> Setup is 1276 bytes.
> System is 543 kB
> System is too big. Try using bzImage or modules.
> make[1]: *** [zImage] Error 1
> make[1]: Leaving directory `/kernel-devel/2.1.129/linux/arch/i386/boot'
> make: *** [zImage] Error 2

how bizarre. My kernel is about 668k. :) What IS it with this kernel size
limit? Can a kernel be any size as long as the system can handle it?

> Out of the box, it's too damn big. How is one supposed to add the features
> that one needs of the default set of configuration choices is too big to
> begin with?
> Am I missing something really obvious here, because I am feeling rather
> inadequate about the whole thing right about now.

Can you get rid of any of the defaults? I know my first kernel contained
a hell of a lot of stuff I didn't need so I removed it. Now it's bigger
then ever... :)

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