Slow booting with linux-image-2.6.24-21-server

Johann Spies jspies at sun.ac.za
Tue Oct 21 11:08:26 BST 2008


I have a new computer with Intel chipset, quad-core cpu and 4G Ram on
which I installed the Desktop version of Hardy.

The generic kernel does not utilize all the ram so I have tried the
server kernel and it was unusable (details to follow) and the same
happened with a pae-enabled compiled by me using the generic kernel's
configuration as basis adding bigmem and pae-capabilities.

The following table shows the times (I suppose it is in seconds -
taken from `dmesg`) it took each kernel to boot: 

Generic	      Server	     Custom-pae

70.557644     1211.799712    915.118205

When looking at the kernel messages the following significant moments
(delays) in the boot process stand out in case of the pae-kernel:

[31.377722] input: AT Translated Set 2 keyboard as /device
[65.993895] fuse init (API version 7.9)


[   69.500364] device-mapper: ioctl: 4.12.0-ioctl (2007-10-02) initialised: dm-devel at redhat.com
[  116.847654] SCSI subsystem initialized
[  118.773876] libata version 3.00 loaded.

[  136.912049] eth0: RTL8168c/8111c at 0xf88ca000, 00:21:85:5a:00:db, XID 3c4000c0 IRQ 221
[  149.985191] Driver 'sd' needs updating - please use bus_type methods

[  154.864196] drivers/hid/usbhid/hid-core.c: v2.6:USB HID core driver
[  160.584100] Attempting manual resume

[  161.855181] EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
[  196.005177] device-mapper: multipath: version 1.0.5 loaded
[  223.410423] input: PC Speaker as /devices/platform/pcspkr/input/input3
[  257.133874] pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5

[  263.735949] agpgart: AGP aperture is 256M @ 0xd0000000
[  270.835290] intel_rng: FWH not detected
[  277.641549] iTCO_vendor_support: vendor-support=0


[  277.881230] iTCO_wdt: initialized. heartbeat=30 sec (nowayout=0)
[  296.806618] parport_pc 00:0e: reported by Plug and Play ACPI

[  296.806788] parport0: PC-style at 0x378, irq 7 [PCSPP,TRISTATE]
[  327.838302] input: Power Button (FF) as /devices/virtual/input/input4

[  327.934887] ACPI: Power Button (CM) [PWRB]
[  388.811606] loop: module loaded
[  392.439335] lp0: using parport0 (interrupt-driven).
[  394.594122] Adding 10080248k swap on /dev/mapper/spiesiaal-swap_1. Priority:-1 extents:1 across:10080248k
[  414.876869] EXT3 FS on dm-1, internal journal
[  426.319443] kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds

[  426.325607] EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
[  532.001729] ip_tables: (C) 2000-2006 Netfilter Core Team
[  560.850320] No dock devices found.
[  639.450829] NET: Registered protocol family 10

[  639.455373] lo: Disabled Privacy Extensions
[  719.198332] apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x03 (Driver version1.16ac)


[  723.228864] audit(1224088868.593:2): type=1503
operation="inode_permission" requested_mask="a::" denied_mask="a::"
name="/dev/tty" pid=
[  851.336892] r8169: eth0: link up

[  853.403217] Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.8
[  858.527321] NET: Registered protocol family 17
[  875.371465] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
[  914.067319] [drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810


And in the case of the server-kernel:

[   57.226345] device-mapper: ioctl: 4.12.0-ioctl (2007-10-02)
initialised: dm-devel at redhat.com
[  106.591689] SCSI subsystem initialized
[  108.284193] libata version 3.00 loaded.

[  108.600585] ACPI: PCI interrupt for device 0000:00:1f.2 disabled
[  113.223501] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs

[  134.520821] eth0: RTL8168c/8111c at 0xf885a000, 00:21:85:5a:00:db, XID 3c4000c0 IRQ 221
[  150.983725] Driver 'sd' needs updating - please use bus_type methods

[  156.819200]/build/buildd/linux-2.6.24/drivers/hid/usbhid/hid-core.c: v2.6:USB HID
core driver
[  164.958900] Attempting manual resume

[  166.347856] EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
[  221.027013] device-mapper: multipath: version 1.0.5 loaded
[  267.589243] input: PC Speaker as
/devices/platform/pcspkr/input/input3
[  326.119047] Linux agpgart interface v0.102

[  328.562512] shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver
version: 0.4
[  343.340229] intel_rng: FWH not detected
[  358.065545] iTCO_vendor_support: vendor-support=0

[  358.691696] iTCO_wdt: initialized. heartbeat=30 sec (nowayout=0)
[  375.141064] parport_pc 00:0e: reported by Plug and Play ACPI

[  375.199940] parport0: PC-style at 0x378, irq 7 [PCSPP,TRISTATE]
[  470.247263] input: Power Button (FF) as /devices/virtual/input/input4

[  470.775979] ACPI: Power Button (CM) [PWRB]
[  482.607896] loop: module loaded
[  509.269752] lp0: using parport0 (interrupt-driven).
[  534.937065] Adding 10080248k swap on /dev/mapper/spiesiaal-swap_1.
Priority:-1 extents:1 across:10080248k
[  568.120743] EXT3 FS on dm-1, internal journal
[  586.385087] kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds

[  586.386019] EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
[  671.953392] ip_tables: (C) 2000-2006 Netfilter Core Team
[  714.591811] No dock devices found.
[  828.135224] NET: Registered protocol family 10
[  828.136757] lo: Disabled Privacy Extensions
[  913.710595] apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x03 (Driver version
1.16ac)

[  913.710606] apm: disabled - APM is not SMP safe.
[  918.278496] ppdev: user-space parallel port driver
[  919.767064] audit(1224093024.235:2): type=1503
operation="inode_permission" requested_mask="a::" denied_mask="a::"
name="/dev/tty" pid=
[ 1081.804740] r8169: eth0: link up


[ 1090.134205] NET: Registered protocol family 17
[ 1179.350899] [drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810

[ 1179.418667] [drm] Initialized i915 1.6.0 20060119 on minor 0
[ 1180.306610] set status page addr 0x00033000
[ 1211.799712] eth0: no IPv6 routers present

Should I file a bug report or does someone have an easy explanation
for this?

Regards
Johann
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Informasietegnologie, Universiteit van Stellenbosch

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