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From: Michael Schmitz <schmitzmic@gmail.com>
To: Finn Thain <fthain@telegraphics.com.au>,
	Russell King - ARM Linux <linux@armlinux.org.uk>
Cc: Christoph Hellwig <hch@infradead.org>,
	Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@linux-m68k.org>,
	Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de>,
	Stephen N Chivers <schivers@csc.com.au>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>,
	Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano@linaro.org>,
	John Stultz <john.stultz@linaro.org>,
	linux-m68k@lists.linux-m68k.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 01/13] arm: Fix mutual exclusion in arch_gettimeoffset
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:00:39 +1300
Message-ID: <e6b5fffd-1d40-494d-d59b-f98f3c6c9655@gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <alpine.LNX.2.21.1811170934300.45@nippy.intranet>

Hi Finn,

Am 17.11.2018 um 11:49 schrieb Finn Thain:
> On Fri, 16 Nov 2018, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
>
>>
>> The EBSA110 is probably in a similar boat - I don't remember whether it
>> had 16MB or 32MB as the maximal amount of memory, but memory was getting
>> tight with some kernels even running a minimalist userspace.
>>
>> So, it's probably time to say goodbyte to the kernel support for these
>> platforms.
>>
>
> Your call.
>
> Note that removing code from mainline won't help users obtain older,
> smaller, -stable kernel releases, free from the bug we were discussing.
> (The bug appeared in Linux v2.6.32.)
>
> BTW, if you did want to boot Linux on a 16 MB system, you do have some
> options.
>
> https://lwn.net/Articles/741494/
> https://lwn.net/Articles/608945/
> https://tiny.wiki.kernel.org/
>
> Contributing to this kind of effort probably has value for IoT
> deployments. I suspect it also cuts a small amount of bloat from a large
> number of other Linux systems.

I boot 4.19 on a system with 14 MB RAM - 10 MB remain for user space 
once the kernel loads. After remote login, 4 MB of that remain free for 
buffers or user code (1.5 MB swapped).
That's with sysvinit - Christian tried to boot a systemd userland on his 
Falcon once, and ran out of memory before swap could be activated.

I shouldn't say 16 or 32 MB are hopeless. And the 2.6 kernels were a lot 
more sluggish to my recollection.

Cheers,

	Michael

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Thread overview: 53+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-11-12  4:12 [RFC PATCH 00/13] m68k: Drop arch_gettimeoffset and adopt clocksource API Finn Thain
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 08/13] m68k: atari: Convert to " Finn Thain
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 04/13] m68k: mac: Clean up unused timer definitions Finn Thain
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 10/13] m68k: hp300: Convert to clocksource API Finn Thain
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 11/13] m68k: mac: " Finn Thain
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 01/13] arm: Fix mutual exclusion in arch_gettimeoffset Finn Thain
2018-11-12  8:34   ` Christoph Hellwig
2018-11-13  3:39     ` Finn Thain
2018-11-13  9:20       ` Russell King - ARM Linux
2018-11-13 21:55         ` Finn Thain
2018-11-13 23:43           ` Russell King - ARM Linux
2018-11-14  1:35             ` Michael Schmitz
2018-11-14  7:58               ` Russell King - ARM Linux
2018-11-15  1:34                 ` Michael Schmitz
2018-11-14  3:17             ` Finn Thain
2018-11-14 14:16               ` Russell King - ARM Linux
2018-11-14 14:58                 ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2018-11-14 18:11                   ` Russell King - ARM Linux
2018-11-15  4:12                 ` Finn Thain
2018-11-16 17:47                   ` Russell King - ARM Linux
2018-11-16 22:49                     ` Finn Thain
2018-11-17  3:00                       ` Michael Schmitz [this message]
2018-11-14 12:05   ` Russell King - ARM Linux
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 02/13] m68k: " Finn Thain
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 07/13] m68k: amiga: Convert to clocksource API Finn Thain
2018-11-12  9:02   ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2018-11-12  9:21     ` Finn Thain
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 09/13] m68k: bvme6000: " Finn Thain
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 06/13] m68k: Drop ARCH_USES_GETTIMEOFFSET Finn Thain
2018-11-12  9:00   ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2018-11-12  9:06     ` Finn Thain
2018-11-13  2:29       ` Michael Schmitz
2018-11-13  3:14         ` Finn Thain
2018-11-13  4:50           ` Michael Schmitz
2018-11-13  6:15             ` Finn Thain
2018-11-13  8:24               ` Michael Schmitz
2018-11-13 22:11                 ` Finn Thain
2018-11-14  1:08                   ` Michael Schmitz
2018-11-14  2:58                     ` Michael Schmitz
2018-11-14 23:54                       ` Michael Schmitz
2018-11-15  4:37                         ` Finn Thain
2018-11-15  6:35                         ` Michael Schmitz
2018-11-16  0:04                           ` Finn Thain
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 13/13] m68k: mvme16x: Convert to clocksource API Finn Thain
2018-11-12 18:37   ` Thomas Gleixner
2018-11-13  0:11     ` Finn Thain
2018-11-13 22:04       ` Finn Thain
2018-11-13 22:10         ` [RFC PATCH 13/13] m68k: mvme16x: Convert to clocksource APIy Thomas Gleixner
2018-11-13 22:33           ` Finn Thain
2018-11-18 17:12             ` Thomas Gleixner
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 03/13] m68k: mac: Fix VIA timer counter accesses Finn Thain
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 12/13] m68k: mvme147: Convert to clocksource API Finn Thain
2018-11-12  4:12 ` [RFC PATCH 05/13] m68k: apollo, q40, sun3, sun3x: Remove arch_gettimeoffset implementations Finn Thain

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