Re: How to disable Linux kernel self-extraction (KERNEL_GZIP, KERNEL_BZIP2, â)?

From: Paul Menzel
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 - 15:56:08 EST

Dear Pavel,

Am 22.04.2018 um 12:20 schrieb Pavel Machek:
On Fri 2018-04-20 16:36:00, Paul Menzel wrote:

I try to decrease boot time, and my system has an SSD and enough space, so
loading 18 instead of 12 MB doesnât make a difference, but the
self-extraction is noticeable. So, I like to disable it.

How long does GZIP extraction take on your hardware?

Itâs hard to measure â at least I didnât find a way to do so â, but counting from the last GRUB message to the first message of Linux (with `quiet` removed from the the command line), it takes roughly *two* seconds.

$ ls -l /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-3-686-pae
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3987200 Apr 19 12:13 /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-3-686-pae
$ ls -lh /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-3-686-pae
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3,9M Apr 19 12:13 /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-3-686-pae
$ time scripts/extract-vmlinux vmlinuz-4.15.0-3-686-pae > bla.txt

real 0m1,204s
user 0m1,041s
sys 0m0,245s

As another data point, my self-built (*bigger*) image with XZ used for compression.

$ ls -lh /boot/vmlinuz-4.16.0+
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 6,1M Apr 14 10:48 /boot/vmlinuz-4.16.0+
$ time /usr/src/linux-headers-4.17.0-rc1+/scripts/extract-vmlinux vmlinuz-4.16.0+ > bla.txt

real 0m2,190s
user 0m1,792s
sys 0m0,500s

So, itâs really noticeable if the rest of the system starts in less then five seconds to a login prompt, or you are trying to achieve to display the LUKS passphrase dialog more or less instantly.

Kind regards,