[OpenWrt-Devel] [PATCH] config: enable some useful features on !SMALL_FLASH devices

Petr Štetiar ynezz at true.cz
Mon Jan 7 06:00:54 EST 2019

Daniel Golle <daniel at makrotopia.org> [2019-01-07 10:03:09]:


> One. The MT7621 EVB. The TP-LINK RE350 v1 can probably be converted to
> a more sane flash partition layout to gain another megabyte or so.

I've looked only at mt7621, so this was just example from one subtarget of
ramips target. So I tend to believe, that there's quite more such cases hidden
in the tree. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

> Why specific devices? Wouldn't all devices with the resources (which
> boils down to !SMALL_FLASH) be potentially more useful with those
> kernel features enabled? 

You currently can't use !SMALL_FLASH, because this is target/subtarget
specific feature, not per device feature. I think, that in order to use this
feature, you would need to convert/fix all devices like that TP-Link RE350
from all (sub)targets into tiny subtarget and then you could freely use

> I know first hand that this is a reason for businesses I have been working
> for to switch over to OpenEmbedded instead of OpenWrt (and then hire people
> like me to port all the OpenWrt stuff they need into their OE build...).

This is interesting, so instead of adding few config options and building own
images which is quite trivial task, someone is rather moving to completely
different {build,eco}system? Well, you can do that, so why not. And yes, I'm
aware about meta-openwrt OE layer.

-- ynezz

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