Bug 11346 - 6.2 FTP Install **very** slow when reading packages
Summary: 6.2 FTP Install **very** slow when reading packages
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer
Version: 6.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Michael Fulbright
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Reported: 2000-05-10 16:09 UTC by Terry Fryar
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-05-12 14:48:46 UTC

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Description Terry Fryar 2000-05-10 16:09:23 UTC
Using RH6.2 (Zoot) and FTP install, it is **very** slow when reading the
package list!  I have noticed in the FTP log, the installer is using a new
FTP session every 7 seconds!  Also, my FTP server shows it is serving the
RH installer about 400 bytes every 5 seconds or so.

At this rate, it will take a week to install RH!!!  My FTP server works
fine for all other uses, so I suspect something is wrong in the installer!

BTW: this is a brand new install....NOT an upgrade!

Comment 1 Terry Fryar 2000-05-11 15:45:59 UTC
BTW:  I don't think this is a resource or swap problem.  I have had the ftp
problem on the following machines with ver 6.1 and 6.2:

- IBM ThinkPad 1480, 466 Mhz with 192MB memory
- ALR Server, 200Mhz with 148MB memory
- GW2K Desktop, 75Mhz with 32MB memory

They have had different NIC's and plenty of resources.  I don't ever recall
having this FTP problem before ver 6.x.  Also, I started an install yesterday,
and it is still running on the "reading packages" part of the install.  The FTP
server is still giving the PC about 500 bytes every 5 seconds or so....could it
be the FTP server?  Even though it seems to work fine for regular FTP clients, I
am starting to wonder....

Comment 2 Terry Fryar 2000-05-11 18:59:59 UTC
I found the problem!  I switched to another FTP server and it works fine.
I tried a linux box, and even a WinNT Workstation FTP server, and they both
worked fine.

The FTP server I was having problems with was WinNT Server 4.0 SP5.  It is a big
box, with multiple procs and plenty of memory.  I don't know if this was a
problem specific to this box, or a problem with NT.

Might be a good idea to try and replicate, just to see if there is a bug in NT's
FTP server.  If I have time, I will try to replicate it here.

Dang!  MS strikes again!

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