[driverloader] speeding up boot on FC2

Linuxant support (Jonathan) support at linuxant.com
Thu Aug 19 18:17:33 EDT 2004


there are 2 operations that are done when the DriverLoader service is 
started :

1) Recompile the DriverLoader module if needed
2) Start the Web Configurator

The step to recompile the kernel module is only done in the case you 
have insalled a generic package. If you already have the kernel module 
compiled, then the compilation will not take place. It is normal that if 
you boot in a kernel in which you do not have the DriverLoader module 
compiled, it might take up to a few minutes to compile the module.


Technical specialist / Linuxant
support at linuxant.com

Jonathan Baron wrote:
> Driverloader has been working fine through several versions on my
> Inspiron 9100 with Fedora Core 2.  See
> http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~baron/delli.html
> But the bootup often takes a long time at the step that loads
> driverloader.  It is very odd.  If I shut down and then boot up
> within a few hours, this step takes 10 sec.  If I wait longer,
> like overnight, it takes about a minute.  I think it has to do
> with some sort of swap file that gets used if it isn't too old.
> I don't know.
> I had an idea that seems to help, and I want share it with
> others, both because it might help and because I might learn
> something.  I modified /usr/sbin/rcdldr (which is the same as
> /etc/init.d/driverloader, which gets used in /etc/rc.d/rc5.d) so
> that it runs dldrconfig in the background, as follows:
> case "$1" in
>     start)
>                 echo "Starting Linuxant DriverLoader"
>                 /usr/sbin/dldrconfig --rcstart &
> The only change here is the "&".  I suspect that this will cause
> problems if you start the wireless at boot, but I don't.  It does
> seem to help, a lot, although I tried it only once.
> Jon

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