[kwlug-disc] debian 5.0 (lenny) install goes faster by moving the mouse?

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Fri Jun 5 21:03:15 EDT 2009


On Fri, 5 Jun 2009, L.D. Paniak wrote:

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> If it's already formatted the drive, then it can cache the packages
> on the HD.  Is the HD spinning when it reads the DVDs all at once?

  now i'm not so sure feeding in all the DVDs is the solution.  even
after i did that, it seems that the DVD drive keeps spinning down when
it gets the chance, and moving the mouse once again gets the system's
attention and away it goes.  i'm getting really irked at this
behaviour.  grrrrrr ...

  i'll test more tomorrow.

rday

> Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> > On Fri, 5 Jun 2009, L.D. Paniak wrote:
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> >> Only the first DVD contains the installer.  The rest just have
> >> packages. Is it asking for all the DVDs after tasksel?
> >
> >   it gives you the *option* of inserting additional DVDs, but it
> > doesn't *demand* them.   and, as i seem to have established, if you
> > don't insert those other DVDs, things are going to go painfully slowly
> > later, but you will be allowed to proceed.
> >
> >> If so, it is probably just caching the needed packages from the DVDs
> >> for installation. How long does it take to load the other four DVDs?
> >
> >   not long, so i do.
> >
> >> How much RAM do you have in that machine?
> >
> >   512M.  so it can't possibly be storing the packages.  so what's it
> > storing that allows subsequent package configuration to proceed that
> > much more quickly?
> >
> > rday
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Robert P. J. Day                               Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA

        Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry.

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