Slackware 10, custom 2.6.7 kernel, lilo, loads kernel very slowly
Very Newb, doing my best not to ask questions that have already been asked, but I haven't found anything about this yet...
I'm running a 2.6.7 kernel(from kernel.org) I compiled on Slackware 10 (full install). When I select what-to-boot from lilo, slackware's kernel(bzImage) seems to load extremely slowly (5 sec or so) when compared with some other distros I have tried (Mandrake & Redhat(not custom)... about a second, max).
The part that's slow is right after lilo goes away, and its saying "Loading Slackware............................................" (during the periods part).
I'm assuming that's when its loading the kernel into memory. ...it happens with either the kernel I compiled OR the 2.4.26 bare.i. I'm guessing that means its not the kernel, but rather lilo. I've checked lilo.conf and lilo docs for some indication of what would be causing it, but I've found no evidence anyone else has even experienced a similar issue. maybe I'm just not searching with the right words? in any case, I would appreciate any advise or assistance anyone can offer. (other than this little setback, it flies)
The short answer is you might try adding "compact" to your lilo.conf. Then run lilo as root to set it up.
EDIT: Would not have found it either if I had not already known what to look for.
here is my lilo.conf as an example
OH SUPERFLY!!!!! success, thanks!
boot = /dev/hda
compact # faster, but won't work on all systems.
timeout = 50
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
install=/boot/boot-bmp.b # means you will use grafical version
bitmap=/boot/handy_128.bmp # background path
bmp-colors=38,0,53,112,38,25 # text color
bmp-table=114p,347p,2,7 # label position on the screen p=pixel
bmp-timer=470p,336p,25,0,11 # timer position on the screen p=pixel
root = /dev/hda6
label = Slackware
#image = /boot/vmlinuz
# root = /dev/hda6
# label = Slack_2.4.26
# read-only # Non-UMSDOS filesystems should be mounted read-only for checking
other = /dev/hda1
label = Win2k
table = /dev/hda
btw, if you're curious, my lilo img: http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=11098
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