Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 163324
20 seconds of blank screen with no feedback makes it seem like installer has crashed
Last modified: 2008-08-02 19:40:35 EDT
Description of problem:
Even on a 100MB networks, mounting an NFS install tree can take a while. Timing
the installer, from hitting enter on the NFS server and directory page, to
starting anaconda, reveals there's often about 20 seconds of time where no
visible feedback is displayed. In GLS classes, many students new to Linux
actually think the install has crashed at this point.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install from an NFS server
In nearly every situation, there will be a long period of time where no text or
visible activity occurs on screen. Indeed, the installer appears to be crashed.
A dialog letting the users know what is happening during this delay.
Is there a specific point that takes a while? Can you look at tty3 and see what
the last message is where it's stalling out or if the messages are just
continuing to move forward?
It's just a busy server. The problem is particularly noticable during GLS
classes, where 10 or 14 students often install systems simultaneously. 20
seconds is as bad as it gets, but even at five seconds the lack of feedback is
And even then, I need to know more specifically where things are when you're
wanting more feedback. Especially since there are regularly that many (or more)
machines installing and pulling stuff from the servers I use and I don't notice
anything in particular.
Sure Jeremy. I have next week off from work, but the week after I'll be doing a
multiple install and will time things then and post the results.
Any updates on this one?
requested by Jams Antill