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Old 11-04-2004, 02:01 PM   #1
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skip a process when pc is booting

At system start-up, it brings up the network interfaces which always take a long time.

It worth to do that if you have a internet connection.But when you start pc without a network connection for example you unpluged you cable or at an area has no wireless covered, bring up interfaces are useless and is a waste of time.

I really get headaches about this because bring up network interfaces always take 3 mins on my laptop at startup.

Is there a hot key that can skip a booting process to make booting faster?
Old 11-04-2004, 02:28 PM   #2
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Sorry, I don't know of a hotkey to press..., but if you just want to not automatically enable DHCP probing on boot, then there are many ways to approach this, depending on your distribution and how deep you want to go into the system.

Easiest would be to find your friendly network config GUI, somewhere under the K/Start/whatever menu, and set your eth0 connection to either disabled, or to be manually enabled. If you're using SuSE, then there should be something in Yast to do this.

Otherwise, you can add the option "nodhcp" to your /etc/lilo.conf or /boot/grub/menu.lst file, at the end of your kernel entry. Eg, if you're using the Grub boot loader, then your default kernel entry might look like:
title           Debian Sarge (default)
root            (hd0,2)
kernel          /boot/vmlinuz-2.somekernel root=/dev/hda3 ro acpi=on nodhcp
initrd          /boot/initrd.img-somekernel

Old 11-04-2004, 03:38 PM   #3
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You can do
(capital I, don't know if lower case also works)
as it says during boot: hit 'I' for interactive boot/startup.
BUT: then you have to acknowledge each step - very tedious, more for debugging.

In the Mandrake Control Center you can easily configure your network not to start at boot. And whenever you need it you can always start it.
Old 11-15-2004, 08:07 AM   #4
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if you're not afraid of editing some configuration files, just edit /etc/interfaces and remove all the 'auto' directives (except leave a line that says "auto lo" cause that's the loopback!!). then it won't bring up your network interfaces at bootup. only downside is that then you'll have to do it while you're up, which means the "ifconfig [dev] up"/"dhclient" dance but oh well
Old 11-15-2004, 12:19 PM   #5
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Actually you want to edit


and change the line which reads


to OnBoot=no

On my laptop I set gkrellm to ALWAYS SHOW unrouted devices in the net plugin and then add the command /sbin/ifup eth0 and /sbin/ifup wlan0 to the tabs so that I can merely click on the graph to bring up my interface(s).

On the repositories there are also KDE WiFi managers and other programs that will manage ethernet/wifi connection states on the fly for you.


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