Help review the FAQ

Bas Smeelen b.smeelen at
Mon Nov 26 20:33:41 UTC 2012

On 11/26/12 16:57, Jakub Lach wrote:
> As a reminder, this isn't a contest in kernel size :)

Didn't mean to, I just put it there to state that 1.5 - 2.5 MB for a 
GENERIC kernel is not appropriate anymore.
> More useful would be if somebody would check GENERIC
> on i386/amd64 for FAQ update.

Thanks Miroslav Lachman for the reply with the correct sizes for GENERIC 

Change FAQ 8.3 Why is my kernel so big?

Nowadays kernels are compiled in /debug mode by default/. Kernels built 
in debug mode contain many symbols that are used for debugging, thus 
greatly increasing the size of the kernel. Note that there will be 
little or no performance decrease from running a debug kernel, and it is 
useful in case of a system panic.


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