Loading the kernel takes a lot longer

Interesting change when installing snv_91 over the net from earlier releases. There is a very considerable delay with the “spinning bar” running here:


Sun Fire V440, No Keyboard
Copyright 1998-2004 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All rights reserved.
OpenBoot 4.16.1, 16384 MB memory installed, Serial #55495765.
Ethernet address 0:3:ba:4e:cc:55, Host ID: 834ecc55.



Rebooting with command: boot net                                      
Boot device: /pci@1c,600000/network@2  File and args: 
/pci@1c,600000/network@2: 100 Mbps full duplex link up
Timeout waiting for ARP/RARP packet
4000 /pci@1c,600000/network@2: 100 Mbps full duplex link up
/

Previously you would get the SunOS version message quite quickly.


SunOS Release 5.11 Version snv_91 64-bit

Now it takes many, more than five, minutes (with the 100Mbps link) to load over NFS. So be patient!

Comments:

What is the reason for this slowdown?

Posted by andrewk8 on June 18, 2008 at 11:07 AM BST #

I've not investigated it further yet but I think it is downloading the boot archive and a RAM disk. Need to check that out.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on June 21, 2008 at 12:35 AM BST #

I've spotted on a forum post on os.org that the boot archive on SPARC is much bigger than on x86, so this will be part of the answer.

The second half could be that you were previously running a version of Nevada older than build 80, which is when "new boot for SPARC" integrated.

Posted by guest on July 01, 2008 at 03:26 PM BST #

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