[PC-BSD Testing] Patch to test fast-booting

Sven Möller smoeller at nichthelfer.de
Tue Dec 20 11:29:33 PST 2011

Hi Kris,

after using these rc scripts, it seems that booting is faster. I don't know how much seconds faster, but it feels good. I've noticed one little issue. At the moment i have a old wacom intous 2 graphics tablet as my primary pointing device (connected via USB). In X the mouse pointer is working after a short period of time, not immediately when GDM is up. This ain't a big problem to me. I can use just my keyboard for the login. The mouse pointer is working when my KDE desktop is ready to use.

In my opinion, on the one hand it's a big deal to boot PCBSD faster. But on the other hand i agree with others on this list, that it's better not to release this feature in 9.0. It would be a really bad beginning if it would breaks something the users really need. Keep up the great work. I will continue testing this fast-booting feature.


Am 19.12.2011 um 19:39 schrieb Kris Moore:

> Testers,
> Got a few files here I thought I'd make available for testing to
> evaluate putting them into 9.0.
> This updated /etc/rc & /etc/rc.delay files change how booting works, to
> try and boot us faster to a GUI login. This happens by delaying certain
> services / networking from loading until after the GUI starts. On my
> slower netboot here, it shaved a 84 second boot down to 45ish seconds,
> almost a 50% reduction. I'll be curious to hear about others results,
> plus if any problems occur.
> To test this out, first as root do:
> # cp /etc/rc /etc/rc.orig
> Then copy the attached rc & rc.delay to /etc/rc and /etc/rc.delay
> respectively.
> After that you can reboot and see if it makes any difference for you.
> If you want to undo the patch, just do:
> # cp /etc/rc.orig /etc/rc
> # rm /etc/rc.delay
> I'd be curious to hear about boot-times before and after, I timed it
> here from the boot-splash screen to the time the login appeared for GDM.
> Thanks!
> -- 
> Kris Moore
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