[PC-BSD Dev] Wild idea to speed up boot process

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On 10/08/2013 14:28, Fabrizio Parrella wrote:
> If you do it at shut down then we need to add something that checks at
> boot if it is still valid as MANY of my users like to just press the
> power button until the computer shuts off (lots of FSCK each day....
> On a side note, what is the FSCK for ZFS ? I had a computer that needs
> it with the beta version installed as it is not starting anymore)
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> On Aug 10, 2013, at 5:21, Luca Ferrari <fluca1978 at infinito.it> wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM, Claudio L. <claudio at hpgcc3.org> wrote:
>>> Once it's in RAM, any file that exists in this ram disk would be used
>>> instead of the underlying root file system.
>>> On system shutdown, or actually as soon as boot process is finished, this
>>> ramdisk can be dumped back to disk, to preserve any changes.
>>> All we would need is some hook to detect which files are read during boot,
>>> and copy them to the ram disk on the fly if they are not already there.
>> Uhm...sounds to me like a duplicate of the vnode cache layer: each
>> time access to a file is detected you have to map it to the ramdisk,
>> and then the system maps it into the vnode cache. I don't know if this
>> will produce a real gain considering the complexity it adds.
>> Something that could work better, in my opinion, is an autonomous
>> system able to "adjust" a ramdisk each time the system powers off so
>> that the next time it boots the ramdisk would be still valid
>> considering any changes the user has done in the system itself (e.g.,
>> configuration files).
>> Luca
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