[Buildroot] UPX - compression of fs at target

Arnout Vandecappelle arnout at mind.be
Tue Dec 3 21:25:25 UTC 2019

On 03/12/2019 10:32, a wrote:
> HI, 
> How can I make use of UPX so that the final image, that buildroot builds,
> has libraries that are compresses even further by upx before creating the
> image so that the image size get reduced further.

 I guess you could write a post-build script that runs upx on all executable
files in ${TARGET_DIR}/bin and  ${TARGET_DIR}/usr/bin.

 To get good results, I expect you need to combine it with BR2_STATIC_LIBS.
Otherwise a large fraction of the total size will be in shared libraries instead
of executables, and I don't think those can be compressed. And then, you'd
probably also want to globally enable LTO - but Buildroot doesn't have good
support for that at this time.

 I expect that the net benefit will be limited though. You're going to be better
off with a rootfs that is compressed at the filesystem level, e.g. squashfs or


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