Subject: install/18343: sysinst does not enable softdep
To: None <>
From: Martin Husemann <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 09/20/2002 09:40:02
>Number:         18343
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       sysinst does not enable softdep
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    install-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Sep 20 00:41:00 PDT 2002
>Originator:     Martin Husemann
>Release:        NetBSD 1.6
System: NetBSD 1.6G NetBSD 1.6G (PORTER) #0: Sun Sep 1 22:14:34 MEST 2002 i386
Architecture: i386
Machine: i386

I just installed NetBSD 1.6 on two sparc64 machines. After a few days of 
moaning about the ***** disk performance I found out /etc/fstab was missing
the softdep option.

I added it, rebooted, and performance was great.


fgrep softdep in sysinst sources

Either softdep should be enabled by default, or the user should be queried
if it is to be enabled. I personally wouldn't bother to ask, but maybe others
like the more conservative aproach (and the option to install without 

Enabling softdeps during the installation would probably speed thinks up a
bit too, but that is something completely different.