[PC-BSD Testing] 9.1-BETA1 now available!

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Thu Jul 19 09:41:57 PDT 2012


On 07/19/2012 12:18, Arthur wrote:
> On 07/19/2012 9:24 AM, Kris Moore wrote:
>> On 07/19/2012 10:12, Arthur wrote:
>>> Kris,
>>>
>>> I'm currently trying to install the new beta on x86 but it seems to
>>> be stuck on KDE installation. Currently, it's stuck on "Installing
>>> Meta-Package: KDE" (18%) and "Installing package:
>>> kde-workspace-4.8.4" (12%). It's been stuck on this percentage for
>>> about 30 minutes now. HD light is solid but there is no DVD
>>> activity. Machine is not locked up or anything.
>>>
>>> Arthur
>>>
>>>
>>
>> Right-click to open an xterm, and run "top" is anything using up CPU?
>
> It's showing pkg_add as the highest CPU using process but at around
> 1%+/-. That's nothing. However, I think I have found the problem. I'm
> using my usual abuse box (Dell Optiplex 960, 4GB RAM, Core 2 Duo
> 3.3GHz) and I am noticing that when I choose to install by just using
> the "Next" buttons, it defaults to ZFS when partitioning the drive. So
> I restarted the install and did and Advanced install when it came to
> the HD and chose SU+J. When I used this option, installation completed
> in around 11 minutes and it did not hang at the previous place. So in
> this case, I am pointing the finger squarely at ZFS.
>
> I don't know how strongly committed you guys are committed to the
> model of if RAM => 4GB use ZFS else if RAM < 4GB use SU+J, but it's
> just my humblest of opinions to suggest defaulting to UFS instead of
> ZFS even if a system has 4GB or more. Otherwise, maybe give some kind
> of option to choose one or the other during that portion of the
> install and explain the difference. To me, ZFS should be left to the
> realm of the uber power users or those who'd want to dig around in the
> Advanced menu options and choose it specifically. It could be that
> this is just a one-off event that happened to me but some other user
> installing 9.1 might encounter this and say "WTF?" and think it's hung
> up on something and scrap the install not knowing ZFS was to blame.
> Just sayin'.
>
> Other than that, install went fine with SU+J, detected monitor and
> on-board Intel VGA just fine. Looks great so far!
>
> cheers,
> Arthur
I'd be curious how long it took to finish with ZFS in your case, of it
it just hung. I do all my installs here with ZFS, and it only takes
10-15 minutes usually.

-- 
Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software
iXsystems

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