[PC-BSD Testing] upgrading.. slower than needs be

Julian Elischer julian at freebsd.org
Sun Dec 18 01:54:26 PST 2011

On 12/18/11 1:31 AM, Julian Elischer wrote:
> On 12/18/11 1:27 AM, Julian Elischer wrote:
>> On 12/16/11 8:54 AM, Kris Moore wrote:
>>> On 12/16/2011 11:35, Julian Elischer wrote:
>>>> On 12/5/11 8:02 AM, Kris Moore wrote:
>>>>> On 12/01/2011 21:06, Julian Elischer wrote:
>>>>>> On 12/1/11 5:03 PM, Julian Elischer wrote:
>>>>>>> Watching the RC1->RC2 upgrade on my nice shiny new 15Mb/sec 
>>>>>>> internet
>>>>>>> link, I now see that teh upgrade process does one file at a time.
>>>>>>> it would be a lot faster to overlap the downloads if it were
>>>>>>> possible. Does the upgrade process know of more than one file 
>>>>>>> that it
>>>>>>> needs to get?
>>>>>> One could at least make the fetch of the checksum file be done in
>>>>>> parallel, so that the tcp handshake is done during the transfer 
>>>>>> of the
>>>>>> main file.
>>>>>> Looking at my system upgrading however it looks as though there is
>>>>>> something else that should be found too.
>>>>>> It's 95 % idle, yet it is only asking for each file, one at a time
>>>>>> with large gaps between them.(10 seconds)?
>>>>>> Disk I doesn't seem to be  a bottleneck either so I can't work out
>>>>>> what the holdup is.
>>>>> I'll see what we can do to speed this up :) Parallel downloads 
>>>>> would
>>>>> help for sure, if anything we can do the md5 at the same time.
>>>> looking at the new announcement..
>>>> several other things
>>>> In RC2 when I try log in as root to do the upgrade to RC3 lots of
>>>> windows come up 'greyed out' and I can't make the take notice..  for
>>>> example the upgrade control window.. not  idea what that is about.
>>>> When I do it from MY login it works but the upgrade seems to 
>>>> always go
>>>> to pcbsd.org and never to a mirror.. I can't make it take notice of
>>>> the 'mirror' setting in the PCBSD control panel.
>>>>   looks like I'm beating up someone's DSL link... it's slow.
>>> The initial patch meta-data (less than 10k) is downloaded from our
>>> master update server. After that, the rest comes from your selected
>>> mirror. Check /usr/local/etc/pcbsd.conf to see what mirror is set.
>>>> not the upgrade failed once, and it seems confused about whether 
>>>> it is
>>>> done or not..  how do I check? where are the files stored?
>>> The upgrade files are stored in /usr/local/tmp/9.0-RC3
>>>> how do I manually kick it off and how do I tell it to go to 
>>>> somewhere
>>>> fast?
>>> # pc-updatemanager install 9.0-RC3
>> thanks
>> currently I can not connect to ftp.pcbsd.org
>> I get rejects for my SYNs
>> however there is something wrong because fetch is retrying and it 
>> immediatly retries teh DNS lookup and teh connect so that the 
>> result is a flood of SYN/REJ/DNS/SYN?REJ/DNS packets at about 100 
>> cycles per second..  maybe an arg to fetch to not retry quite so 
>> quickly will stop your server from being flooded by SYNs (which I 
>> suspect it is right now)
> I added -w 10 -r   to the fetch command and it seems a lot happier.
when it eventually succeeds, it however decides I'm already upgraded..
however if I try add a new system package (Base-Devel)  it looks for 
RC2 not RC3..

and NOW for some reason it says that 9.0-RC3 is an invalid update..

so the system doesn't know what release it is currently at.
in addition the files in /usr/local/tmp/9.0-RC3 don't all seem to be 
The packages directory  seems to stop at 'e'. There are no packages 
starting with 'f-z'.

maybe I should remove the whole directory

hmm that hasn't helped with the "invalid update" problem.

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