A Modest Proposal for JHALFS Enhancement

Mike McCarty Mike.McCarty at sbcglobal.net
Fri Mar 27 00:19:48 PDT 2009

Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Mike McCarty wrote:
>> This would have two desirable consequences. First, the sources
>> could reside on an immutable medium, like a CD-ROM,
> Nothing prevents you keeping a copy on CD-ROM now.

What I mean is it would not take up disc space. I have a system
which I'd like to build on, which has a small hard disc.

>   and not
>> consume precious (on small systems) disc space. Second, the
>> sources would be immutable, and hence not subject to accidental
>> modification.
> This doesn't make sense to me.  If you want to put it on a small system, build 
> it on a workstation and copy it to the small system.  It sounds like a painful 
> process to build on a small system, especially when there is no need.  After 
> all, if you do this, you don't need to copy *any* sources to the small system.

Your observation makes a lot of sense for people who have the resources
to do what you propose. However, I'm a laid off telecomm engineer
putting together a system out of pieces of left over stuff I have lying
around. Since I don't have anyone who has stepped up and volunteered to
supply a system with more resources, I need to use what I have, which is
cramped for disc space. It would help if the sources didn't have to
reside on the same medium with the built images.

> There are other considerations.  The build process takes a lot of room.  glibc 
> takes 1.2G, but the final system is only about 250M and a *lot* less if you 
> strip it down.
> That said, I'm sure the JHALFS team will look closely at any patches you want to 
> submit.

I'll see what I can do. It's not clear to me how the tool sets
up the directory to do the decompresion into, but I'll investigate

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