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Re: [opensuse] 64 bit vs 32 bit RAM consumption
James Knott said the following on 07/23/2013 10:07 AM:
Take a look at file sizes in 32 & 64 bit systems. You'll likely find
the sizes are similar.

Nice theory.
I did that for UNIX on the PDP-11 and the Vax shortly after the firm I was working at acquired a 780.

I saw a 10% to 30% "bloat".

Yes, as John says, some of this is due to compilers, and a lot is dies to the idea that C has - or had - of integers being interchangeable with pointers and calculating addresses. Yes, now we have compilers that are smarter, and also programmers that are, sometimes, smart enough to specify 'short int' and 'long int'.

But not everyone is that smart. Or anal.


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