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Re: RedHat 5.0 RPMs for SGI...

To: Alex deVries <>
Subject: Re: RedHat 5.0 RPMs for SGI...
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 11:54:18 +0100
Cc: SGI Linux <>
In-reply-to: <>; from Alex deVries on Fri, Jan 09, 1998 at 07:25:50PM -0500
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On Fri, Jan 09, 1998 at 07:25:50PM -0500, Alex deVries wrote:

> I had a closer look at it, and indeed, all the memory is accounted for.
> But, what I'm totally unused to is things taking up so much.  I've got
> 64MB in there now (although it's detected as 60248kB, it's missing 4MB).

The 60248kb is what the ARC firmware returns as free memory.

> Now I've got just the bare bones required to do anything productive:
> bdflush, inetd and a couple of shells.  There goes half my memory.
> For example, 'su' takes up 4.5MB.  This seems like an awful lot to me,
> compared to the Intel equivalent of 1MB. I know the binaries are going to
> be larger because of the RISC thing, but really that large?
> Is this normal?

It think the way these numbers are being computed is broken for MIPS.
MIPS executables are rougly 50-70% bigger than i386 ones; the size of the
data in executables and memory should be comparable.


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