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SubjectRe: Linux 4.17-rc1
On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 3:55 AM, Linus Torvalds
<> wrote:
> We actually have a fair amount of other removal and cleanups too. I
> was somewhat pleasantly surprised by the number of pull requests that
> actually ended up removing a lot of lines. Some of it was staging
> drivers that finally gave up the ghost (like irda), but we also got
> rid of some copyright language boiler-plate in favor of just the spdx
> lines. And some pre-shipped lexer/parser files are no more, we're
> better off just generating them.
> End result: we actually removed more lines than we added:
> 13538 files changed, 627723 insertions(+), 818855 deletions(-)
> which is probably a first. Ever. In the history of the universe. Or at
> least kernel releases.
> I'd call it momentous, but I think the arch removal was most of it,
> and I'm sure people will quickly rectify that momentary glitch of
> actually shrinking the kernel source code.

For the first time ever(?), we also had a kernel size reduction, according
to bloat-o-meter (for an m68k atari_defconfig kernel):

add/remove: 341/440 grow/shrink: 445/359 up/down: 60125/-133422 (-73297)

which brings us (size-wise) back to v4.13-and-a-half.
This is mostly attributed to the removal of lots of SyS_* functions.

However, my enthusiasm was tempered when I noticed the same size reduction
is not reflected in actual kernel size:

text data bss dec hex filename
3313377 836572 177724 4327673 4208f9 vmlinux-v4.16
3327960 834636 173112 4335708 42285c vmlinux-v4.17-rc1

or at runtime:

-Memory: 268040K/276480K available (2980K kernel code, 308K rwdata,
784K rodata, 144K init, 172K bss, 8440K reserved, 0K cma-reserved)
+Memory: 268028K/276480K available (2994K kernel code, 301K rwdata,
788K rodata, 144K init, 167K bss, 8452K reserved, 0K cma-reserved)

Probably I (and bloat-o-meter) are missing something?




Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 --

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
-- Linus Torvalds

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