Re: less than 4 MB RAM / 2 bzip or not 2 bzip?

From: Michele Andreoli (
Date: Fri May 19 2000 - 11:23:40 CEST

On Thu, May 18, 2000 at 09:24:32PM -0300, Claudio Neves nicely wrote:
> Hello,
> This is not directly related with the topic, but is related
> with compression, speed and space!
> Have anyone tried UPX ?!
> It's a compressor for executables, and it accept many executable
> formats, including dos, windows and linux/i386 .

Already suggested and tested: no significant gain compressing ELF.
In addition, you need of the upx binary, very big.

> The executables can be run normally, they are uncompressed on
> the fly (similar to the old lzexe on DOS), with very little overhead.
> It would benefit mulinux in the sense that the ramdisk size required
> to store the files uncompressed from the floppies would be smaller.
> I think it makes a difference with low-memory computers (4MB or
> even 8MB with the EXT addon).
> I haven't had time to play with upx + mulinux, but if anyone have the
> time to play with it, it would be nice to know the results! :)

This is a general question: what is better beetwen:

1) to compress a directory with many files compressed in it
2) to compress a directory with uncompressed files in it

I think 2).


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remember any. Would two negative ones do?       -- Woody Allen
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