[Buildroot] [PATCH] linux: Do not force GZIP initramfs compression

Peter Korsgaard jacmet at uclibc.org
Mon Jul 8 12:57:08 UTC 2013

>>>>> "Valentine" == Valentine Barshak <gvaxon at gmail.com> writes:

 Valentine> Initramfs compression does not make much sense for the architectures
 Valentine> that support compressed kernel images because in this case the data
 Valentine> would be compressed twice. This will eventually result in a bigger
 Valentine> kernel image and time overhead when uncompressing it.
 Valentine> The only reason to use compressed initramfs is to reduce memory
 Valentine> usage when the kernel prepares rootfs, and both the unpacked
 Valentine> filesystem and initramfs.cpio are present in the memory.

 Valentine> Buildroot attempts to force GZIP compression for initramfs,
 Valentine> however it doesn't always work because initramfs compression mode
 Valentine> depends on RAM disk compression supported by the kernel.
 Valentine> If CONFIG_RD_GZIP is not set, setting GZIP initramfs compression
 Valentine> will have no effect.

 Valentine> Besides, the kernel also supports other compression methods,
 Valentine> like BZIP2, LZMA, XZ and LZO. Forcing the good old GZIP does not
 Valentine> really make much sense any more.

 Valentine> This removes initramfs compression settings from Buildroot,
 Valentine> so that the default value preset in the kernel config is used,

 Valentine> If initramfs compression is still needed, it can be set
 Valentine> in the kernel config (using make linux-menuconfig)

Sorry, this somehow seems to have fallen through the cracks - Committed,

Bye, Peter Korsgaard

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