Action Item #231

kernel config cleanup

Added by Hammel over 5 years ago. Updated almost 5 years ago.

Status:In ProgressStart date:14 Oct 2013
Priority:NormalDue date:
Assignee:Hammel% Done:


Category:03 - Linux Kernel
Target version:2.0 - Harkonnen
Severity:03 - Medium


To improve boot time, the kernel config should be examined for which drivers could be made modules and loaded at boot time. Module loading could be done by specific init scripts as needed or by a specialized init process that parallelizes the init scripts (without using scripts to reduce fork/exec overhead).

Associated revisions

Revision c8416928
Added by Hammel almost 5 years ago

RM #291: Changed local kernel config name so it doesn't include git id.
RM #287: Disabled NFS in the kernel and rootfs.
RM #231: Disabled all unused filesystems.


#1 Updated by Hammel over 5 years ago

  • Category set to 03 - Linux Kernel
  • Assignee set to Hammel
  • Target version set to 2.0 - Harkonnen

#2 Updated by Hammel about 5 years ago

When I get around to this I should have a method of building just the Media Server kernel since this would be a stripped down version of the PiBox Development Platform, which should have nearly everything in it.

#3 Updated by Hammel almost 5 years ago

  • Status changed from New to In Progress
  • % Done changed from 0 to 10
Looking through dmesg to see boot times I found the following things:
  1. A bunch of eth drivers are compiled in. Only smsc95xx needs to be enabled and even that could be a loadable module.
  2. bcm2708_spi takes 3.5 seconds to load
  3. sda1 (ext4) takes 9 seconds to load
  4. wlan0 takes 8 seconds to load
  5. X (and the fbtft) takes 17 seconds to load

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