Re: On the fly compression AND Linux ?

From: Michele Andreoli (
Date: Tue Mar 02 1999 - 23:34:53 CET

On Tue, Mar 02, 1999 at 07:37:22AM +0100, iList wrote:
> hi,
> Does Linux at all support "on the fly" compression (like old Stac,
> Double-DriveSpace, ZipMagic) ?
> So many things are simply text (all configuration files, very good
> compression can be achieved).
> Think this will be very cool, especially for small linuxes where all things
> are in RAM - fast access.
> =====

This is possible, in theory. But, you can see, modern PCs comes with much
inexpensive RAM. I have 62M: with ALL ram-disk mounted (i.e. a full
ram muLinux) we achieve this condition:
                /dev/ram0 / (root)
                /dev/ram1 /usr
                /dev/ram2 /tmp
                /dev/ram3 /usr/X11R6 (addon #1)
                /dev/ram4 /gcc (addon #2-part 1)
                /dev/ram5 /gcc/usr/include (addon #2 -part 2)

Any ramdisk is max 4600K, so we reach 27M (muLinux use only ~16M,
of that).

This is a good way of using RAM, I believe: a whole OS in RAM :)

Ciao, Michele

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