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      lib: add support for LZO-compressed kernels · 7dd65feb
      Albin Tonnerre authored
      This patch series adds generic support for creating and extracting
      LZO-compressed kernel images, as well as support for using such images on
      the x86 and ARM architectures, and support for creating and using
      LZO-compressed initrd and initramfs images.
      
      Russell King said:
      
      : Testing on a Cortex A9 model:
      : - lzo decompressor is 65% of the time gzip takes to decompress a kernel
      : - lzo kernel is 9% larger than a gzip kernel
      :
      : which I'm happy to say confirms your figures when comparing the two.
      :
      : However, when comparing your new gzip code to the old gzip code:
      : - new is 99% of the size of the old code
      : - new takes 42% of the time to decompress than the old code
      :
      : What this means is that for a proper comparison, the results get even better:
      : - lzo is 7.5% larger than the old gzip'd kernel image
      : - lzo takes 28% of the time that the old gzip code took
      :
      : So the expense seems definitely worth the effort.  The only reason I
      : can think of ever using gzip would be if you needed the additional
      : compression (eg, because you have limited flash to store the image.)
      :
      : I would argue that the default for ARM should therefore be LZO.
      
      This patch:
      
      The lzo compressor is worse than gzip at compression, but faster at
      extraction.  Here are some figures for an ARM board I'm working on:
      
      Uncompressed size: 3.24Mo
      gzip  1.61Mo 0.72s
      lzo   1.75Mo 0.48s
      
      So for a compression ratio that is still relatively close to gzip, it's
      much faster to extract, at least in that case.
      
      This part contains:
       - Makefile routine to support lzo compression
       - Fixes to the existing lzo compressor so that it can be used in
         compressed kernels
       - wrapper around the existing lzo1x_decompress, as it only extracts one
         block at a time, while we need to extract a whole file here
       - config dialog for kernel compression
      
      [akpm@linux-foundation.org: coding-style fixes]
      [akpm@linux-foundation.org: cleanup]
      Signed-off-by: 's avatarAlbin Tonnerre <albin.tonnerre@free-electrons.com>
      Tested-by: 's avatarWu Zhangjin <wuzhangjin@gmail.com>
      Acked-by: 's avatar"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@zytor.com>
      Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
      Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
      Tested-by: 's avatarRussell King <rmk@arm.linux.org.uk>
      Acked-by: 's avatarRussell King <rmk@arm.linux.org.uk>
      Cc: Ralf Baechle <ralf@linux-mips.org>
      Signed-off-by: 's avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
      Signed-off-by: 's avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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