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Bug 126953 - quota too noisy during boot
Summary: quota too noisy during boot
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: [OLD] Core system (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo's Team for Core System packages
Depends on:
Reported: 2006-03-20 06:14 UTC by MAL
Modified: 2006-03-21 06:14 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description MAL 2006-03-20 06:14:02 UTC
A rather strange bug, but quite a serious one nonetheless...

I run a remote server, with a serial console (via a networked terminal server), so I can monitor bootup.  I therefore have the system console outputting to /dev/ttyS1

I "rc-update add quota default", then rebooted... the quota check ran _extremely_ slowly (it never actually finished before I drove the 85 miles to fix it), becuase of the stupid "spinner" ascii graphics ("\-/|" etc.), being printed over a 9600 baud serial line.  It must move the spinner once for every inode it checks or something.  Either way, it's a daft thing to have during bootup, so can you please remove -v from the init script parameters?

Comment 1 Jakub Moc (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-03-20 06:20:46 UTC
Uhm, the spinner is actually pretty useful, checking quotas takes quite a long time (~5 minutes) on large RAID arrays and this at least says that the box didn't freeze if it moves...
Comment 2 MAL 2006-03-20 06:47:37 UTC
I hear a newer version of the ebuild has the switches in /etc/conf.d/quota , so they can be fixed in there.  Could you please add a comment to that file, mentioning -v and warning of the excessive output/slowness over serial lines?

A lot of machines using a serial console will also use quotas, so I reckon it's pretty useful.
Comment 3 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2006-03-20 19:08:10 UTC
added warning to conf.d file
Comment 4 MAL 2006-03-21 06:14:14 UTC
Cheers, I'm sure it'll help someone :)