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Why does slackware 10.2 take so long to startup? I would like some tips one how to get it to have a much shorter boot time. It seems to kind of hang at the hotplug part. So any tips are appreciated. Thanks!
hotplug and ldconfig are the two services that take up the most time. I suggest before considering to disable hotplug, find out what modules are used for your hardware by issuing an lsmod and then make sure they are listed and uncommented in rc.modules, then issue the chmod -x /etc/rc.d/rc.hotplug command. You will have to reconfigure alsa once hotplug is disabled, just rerun alsaconf. As for ldconfig, I can't remember what startup script it is under, rc.3 or rc.4 one of those, and simply comment it out, and you can enter the script to ldconfig to one of your shutdown scripts instead, like rc.6 , or just run ldconfig manually after installing new programs.
One more thing, since you will disable hotplug, be sure that you will not be planning to add any new devices.
Hotplug gets slower and slower as new 'agents'are added. Try installing the old hotplug package from Slack-10.0 -it's quite a lot faster than later versions.
Don't be fooled thinking that ldconfig takes a long time. It finishes and other things are happening, but there are no new prompts to replace the ldconfig line, so it LOOKS like ldconfig is still working, when, in fact, the scripts have moved along and done many more things...