Slow upstart boot in 9.10

Rashkae ubuntu at
Fri Feb 12 00:29:54 UTC 2010

Steve Flynn wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:48 PM, Rashkae <ubuntu at> wrote:
>> I think spending more than a few seconds on read-ahead is sign of a
>> problem, and if you can't figure out how to resolve it, your boot will
>> probably be faster by simply disabling it.
> Indeed.  I note my pack file, contains some 3000 files, which seems like a lot.
>>From a sudo readahead --dump | more the first few lines show...
> 45 inode groups, 3169 files, 7038 blocks (220300 kB)
> I know this is an old machine, I've had it for years but even so I'm
> astonished at the difference in time spent in this section of the boot
> process compared with other boxes out there. I have a quad-core box
> back home and a dual-core laptop... I'll have a look at their
> bootcharts this weekend and do a little" compare and contrast"
> <looks woefully at old box and wonder how he's going to justify yet
> another machine to the wife>
>> Here's my bootchart, a fast computer for certain, but nothing special
>> about the hard drive.  It's actually booting off an older 320GB.
> I'll remove ureadahead next week when I'm playing around. I note that
> the transitional package "sreadahead" which has the text, "this can
> safely be removed" in its description wants to take ubuntu-desktop
> with it...

That's normal, because Ubuntu-desktop relies on all the components that 
make a default install.  As long as you aren't also removing gnome 
component and what not.

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