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PostPosted: Fri 11 Jan 2013, 00:08    Post subject:  possible puppy performance boost even more using upx?
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PostPosted: Fri 11 Jan 2013, 00:27    Post subject:  

UPX has been being used for years here for certain packages. A simple search will turn up multiple threads including a GUI.
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PostPosted: Sat 12 Jan 2013, 08:43    Post subject:  

Packers are bad. FACE IT.

Packers might make executables smaller but increase their startup time (e.g when you run them, it takes time to unpack their sections).

In the case of Puppy, it's an extremely bad idea to use UPX. Since Puppy's SFS is compressed, the compression benefit of UPX is gone, so you gain just the slow startup speed (and increased memory usage), without the benefit of small size on-disk.

In the case of PETs (and stuff that isn't part of a compressed file system), you still have those disadvantages.

Also, smaller executables aren't less resource-hungry in many cases. In this case, for example, they're the exact opposite. Idea

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