Re: TODO for etch ?
Adam Majer <email@example.com> writes:
> Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
>> - Change boot system, to one capable of handling dependencies and
>> parallell invocation, to speed up the boot process.
> Err.. Why? The current "slow" bootup is caused mostly by hardware
> detection from my experience. Speeding up hardware detection or remove
> it in favour of manual /etc/modules entries would speed up the boot
> process a lot more than changing the boot process. If it ain't broke, do
> not fix it.
At present, almost everything installs itself in runlevel 20. This kind
of suggests that almost everything is order-independent. But this isn't
true: the raid and device mapper stuff *has* to have the right order, or
your boot fails. Other stuff probably has subtle ordering constraints
that are not being managed: the system "just works".
foo:~--# ls /etc/rc5.d/
K11anacron S19ssh S20diald S20klisa S20setkey S50systune
K90metalog S19userv S20exim S20lprng S20smartmontools S50wu-ftpd
S10ipchains S20alsa S20exim4 S20mailman S20smartsuite S83chrony
S10iptables S20amavis-ng S20fam S20makedev S20swapd S89anacron
S10metalog S20apache-perl S20firestarter S20mdnsresponder S20sysstat S89atd
S10sysklogd S20arpwatch S20firewall-easy S20mon S20teapop S89cron
S11klogd S20atop S20framerd S20mysql S20totd S90samba
S12kerneld S20autofs S20gpm S20netsaint S20wwwoffle S91apache
S13genpower S20binfmt-support S20greylist S20nfs-kernel-server S20xfs S91apache-ssl
S14ppp S20cfengine2 S20hddtemp S20nut S20xprint S99fetchmail
S18portmap S20clamav-daemon S20hylafax S20p3scan S21nfs-common S99kdm
S19amavis S20clamav-freshclam S20inetd S20pdnsd S23ntp-server S99rmnologin
S19bind S20crywrap S20iptotal S20postgresql S30squid S99stop-bootlogd
S19nis S20cupsys S20isdnutils S20queue S31sqcwa S99xdm
S19slapd S20daapd S20jmon S20rsync S31squid-prefetch
S19spamassassin S20dcc-client S20junkbuster S20sauce S45usbmgr
Now, I may have tweaked a few things in there, but it seems to me that
firewalls should start after networking and before network-using things
email (exim) should start before programs that send email (mailman,
databases should probably run after filesystems, firewalls, system
monitors, swap daemons, and so forth.
and there are probably a few other easy deductions.
Switching to a "make -j runlevel5"-type system (dependencies encoded in
makefile fragments, some kind of "foo Provides firewall" structure, and
(hard) a method for stopping things as well as starting them would
(a) allow parallel startup, important for some users
(b) allow correct ordering to be specified
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