Re: [PATCH] skip initramfs check

From: Marcelo Tosatti
Date: Mon Nov 21 2005 - 06:48:24 EST

Hi Rob,

On Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 01:30:55AM -0600, Rob Landley wrote:
> On Thursday 17 November 2005 08:14, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > The initramfs check at populate_rootfs() can consume significant time
> > (several seconds) on slow/embedded platforms, since it has to decompress
> > the image.
> Query: is the problem that a big initramfs image is being unpacked more than
> once, or is unpacking an empty initramfs image (134 bytes) causing a
> significant delay?

The problem is a big non-initramfs RAMDISK image (used for root mountpoint on this
particular embedded platform), that is decompressed more than once:

- during the initramfs check, which fails because it is not initramfs.
- during the real RAMDISK decompression to memory.

> I'm fairly certain that back in 1990 I could unzip 134 bytes on my 33 mhz 386
> running dos in a fraction of a second. What's the use case here?

So the issue is not the empty initramfs image (which BTW could probably
be made unecessary?), but a 10Mb RAMDISK image being decompressed by a
48Mhz PPC, which takes quite a few seconds.

Need to rework the patch to use a __setup option as Andrew suggested.
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