Saturday, August 27


A Gig Ain't What It Used To Be

Downloaded Cygwin onto my notebook. Installed it. Download + Install = 2.8GB.


There's 3GB of software install files that came with the notebook. The Windows directory is 1.5GB, and the I386 directory of Windows install files is another 0.5GB. The hibernation file is equal to the memory size, so 1.25GB for that. Pagefile is currently running about 400MB. Program files (other than Cygwin) about 2.4GB.

40GB doesn't get you as far as it used to. I want to drop munu on there so I can play around with it, and that's another 12GB or so.

I'm going to try compressing Cygwin and see what that does.


Size: 1.96GB (2,105,701,800 bytes)
Size on disk: 2.22GB (2,391,920,640 bytes)
Contains: 112,806 Files, 5,655 Folders
Crunch crunch crunch...

Size on disk: 1.35GB (1,450,449,973 bytes)

Okay, about a 40% saving. Nice, if not world-shattering.

Of course, if I really wanted more disk space, I could always get a 100GB replacement drive, like, oh, this one here on my desk. Yes, that will do nicely.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 08:35 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 It wasn't too long ago that a 12gig drive was massive. More than anyone would ever need they said. Amazing how things change.

Posted by: phin at Saturday, August 27 2005 10:29 AM (Xvpen)

2 When I were a lad, I did some "work experience" at Hewlett Packard. At the time, they were running a sale: You could buy three 400MB drives (14" drives, the size of washing machines) for $250,000. But, as one salesman asked, "How many customers do we have that need 1.2 gigabytes of disk?"

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, August 27 2005 02:17 PM (ymzzr)

3 My first computer had a cassette drive. No hard drive. At the time, 1.2GB would have been fantasy-world. I was drooling over the new 5.25" floppy drives, for heaving's sake. About 3 months ago, I bought an 80gb HD for less than $1.00/gb, and thought nothing of it, until I realized that the 30gb HD that was in my computer cost something like $200 when I got it. ...and I never DID get that 5.25" floppy drive.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Saturday, August 27 2005 10:20 PM (HoSBk)

4 After you finish compressing your drive, you should defragment it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sunday, August 28 2005 01:20 PM (CJBEv)

5 Damn compilers. I bet if you disassemble it the code will make you puke. I've spent many many days fiddling with GCC to get it to force it to produce non-bloated code by injecting bits of inline assembler here and there. Depending on the build switches and version GCC has a proclivity for 32 byte aligning message text strings that can pork the heck out of things. A fairly well featured standard Linux kernel with a minimal driver set built in will be bloated by ~100K of this zero byte message padding due to GCC stupidity. I've been working it, but nobody in LKML seems to give a damn about these kind of issues. Bloat is good, bloat is fine, we do bloat all the time!

Posted by: Purple Avenger at Tuesday, October 04 2005 03:13 AM (X+OCl)

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