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Beckerjr 06-07-2005 05:05 PM

Long booting time(portmapper)
I've been noticing my booting of Mandriva2005 and seeing that it takes a long time for the portmapper service to start. Looking at the screen as the stuff scrolls by it stops for awhile when starting this service. Is this normal or is there something that can be done to speed this up.

azucaro 06-08-2005 01:44 PM

What are you using portmapper for? You might be able to eliminate it...

Beckerjr 06-08-2005 02:29 PM

Honestly I don't know. :) Its a pretty new install so it was put in by default. The machine is just meant as a client, no server stuff so maybe I can just get rid of it?

A side question. Are there any sites that list the services that are common on Linux machines with descriptions on what they do. I did this with my WinXP side to cut down on some of the extra stuff that gets started up by default I didn't need.

azucaro 06-09-2005 12:50 PM

I'm sure there are websites that list a lot of common services and provide some advice on which to get rid of, but why search elsewhere to find them? Query for things like "service rid" or "remove services" and that pops up some useful posts - people are always trying to get rid of uneeded services. You can also check out That is one of my old posts.

I won't tell you that you can go ahead and eliminate portmapper. I will say that you probably don't need it. The best way to know is to just eliminate the service and do what you normally do on your computer, noting what things do not work (if any).

I run all sorts of stuff without portmapper running at all. In the end though, only you can make that decision - do some research on what exactly it does (I know its basic function is to let outside connections know which port to connect to on your computer) and then you can feel free to cancel out its /etc/rc.d/<script> entry by renaming it (mv <oldname> <newname.old>).

Let me know if that clarifies.

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