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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/8] Add support for ZSTD-compressed kernel and initramfs

> On Mar 31, 2020, at 8:11 AM, Sedat Dilek <> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 6:15 AM Nick Terrell <> wrote:
> [...]
>>> Do you plan to push this for Linux v5.7?
>> I hope that it will be accepted. From my point of view this patch set is
>> ready for merge, except for the maximum window size increase
>> requested by Petr.
> Hi Nick,
> thanks for your answer.
> Did you send out a pull-request already?

I haven’t sent out a pull request. If that is something that I need to
do, or if it makes the process easier for a maintainer to merge then
I can do that.

> Can you point me to that request or patch of Petr?
> Is it relevant or optional for the pull-request?

The patches from Petr are a parallel implementation of initramfs
decompression and are available here [0]. They support initramfs
compression well, but are missing some pieces for correct and
performant zstd kernel decompression. Namely the equivalent of
patch 6 in this series to increase ZO_z_extra_bytes, the
performance fix in patch 1 that switches memcpy() to
__builtin_memcpy(), and the decompress_single() function in patch 3.

Without those changes a very compressible kernel may fail to
decompress successfully, and will be corrupted. And the performance
is about 4x worse on x86_64. My patches took 70 ms to decompress vs
318 ms with Petr’s. See the detailed comparison here [1].

>>> Feel free to add credits for the whole series:
>>> Tested-by: Sedat Dilek <>
>> Thanks for testing the patch set Sedat!
> I have re-tested zstd-v3 patchset with Linux version 5.6 final and
> Clang/LLD version 10.0.0 final (from Debian/unstable repository).
> Is it possible to mention that there might distro-specific changes
> needed to initramfs-handling?
> For Debian you are welcome to include below Link [1].
> Not sure I will send/ask to/on the debian-kernel mailing list in this topic.

I don’t expect any distro specific changes are required to continue operating
as-is. However, if a distro wanted to switch to a zstd compressed initramfs
they would need to update their toolchain to compress with zstd.

> Thanks and bonne chance.
> Regards,
> - Sedat -
> [1] LINK:


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