Re: [poky] [PATCH] local.conf.sample: disable prelink

Alexander Kanavin

On Wed, 16 Jun 2021 at 11:11, Richard Purdie <richard.purdie@...> wrote:
What makes me sad is that this is an embedded focused feature which 
the project should be caring about, i.e. memory footprint and speed.
I don't know why the numbers don't show it, Mark and I have theories
but it would take work to explore them and neither of us have that time,
nor are we experts on prelink able to maintain it with the time we have

What I think happened is that glibc simply got better at linking, optimised the runtime bits to the fullest, and any benefits prelink may once have had aren't there anymore. Which is IMO fine - I am terrified of custom address arithmetic that's not really understood by anyone, and very easy to get wrong, with devastating consequences. I spent more or less the whole day stepping assembly in gdb to figure out what exactly is going wrong in that ppc bug.

The value proposition of Yocto is still very strong, and is not at all affected by dropping prelink, in my opinion.


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