Subject: Re: kern/36873: boot takes a long time when there are offline "disks"
To: None <gnats-bugs@NetBSD.org>
From: Manuel Bouyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/31/2007 21:22:35
On Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 02:30:00PM +0000, Arne H. Juul wrote:
> System: NetBSD inngang 4.99.30 NetBSD 4.99.30 (GENERIC.MP) #6: Fri Aug 31 01:22:50 CEST 2007 root@inngang:/usr/obj/sys/arch/i386/compile/GENERIC.MP i386
> Architecture: i386
> Machine: i386
> My machine takes a looong time (> 5 minutes) to boot currently,
> and I think I've found the reason:
> I've got a standard new desktop machine with memory card
> readers in front. These appear as SCSI disks attached via
> USB, and since I don't have memory cards in them they show
> up as "offline". But still, it takes a very long time
> during boot - probably in findroot for the kernel to figure
> out that these aren't the root disk it's looking for. It
> should notice the "offline" and continue at once, I guess...
> The workaround is simply to disconnect the cable that goes
> to the card-readers and front USB connector.
> Actually, any offline SCSI disks might produce the same symptoms, I guess:
No, booting with offline drive (be they atapi, SCSI or USB) isn't a problem.
I think your reader is behaving in an unusual way.
Manuel Bouyer <email@example.com>
NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference