David O'Brien writes:
> On Mon, Aug 28, 2000 at 06:29:21PM -0700, Brooks Davis wrote:
> > On Tue, Aug 29, 2000 at 10:25:26AM +0930, Greg Lehey wrote:
> > > At the very least, there appears to be confusion about how to use the
> > > 2.  You must have a /boot/device.hints file, and it must contain at
> > >     least some entries.
> > This is more correct.  The new world order says that hints are not in the
> > kernel, instead they are loaded by the loader at boot time.
> I would quite to so far.  I know many that will continue to compile
> static hints into their kernels until that ability is removed.

I suspect I'm going to be one of those people, but let's ask the next
question. How do the two approaches compare from a performance
standpoint? I figure having them wired in means you avoid parsing them
at boot time, which should be faster. How smart is the code about
devices with hints that aren't configured in the kernel? Do both
methods throw out such data, or do both save it?

Basically, which will provide the smallest running kernel, and if it's
the same, which will boot fastest?


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