Bug 23545 - RFE: use LILO "compact" option for Adaptec SCSI chipset boots.
RFE: use LILO "compact" option for Adaptec SCSI chipset boots.
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
7.1
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-01-07 13:37 EST by Sam Varshavchik
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:30 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-09-17 15:10:42 EDT
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Description Sam Varshavchik 2001-01-07 13:37:05 EST
Without compact, LILO loads the kernel and initrd with one BIOS call per
each disk block.  It seems that certain BIOSes impose a pretty heavy
penalty per BIOS call, when booting.  It can literally take a minute, or
more, for the kernel and initrd to load.  Meanwhile, LILO prints a dot at a
leisurely pace of one every other second, or so.

Most of the culprits seem to be SCSI controller onboard BIOSes.  A
Supermicro P6DGU motherboard is rather slow, without the "compact" option,
but it's not too bad.  An Asus P2DS motherboard is pretty bad, when booting
off a SCSI disk (an IDE boot seems to be reasonable).  Using the "compact"
option with LILO cuts down the kernel load time from about 45 seconds to
less than a second.  Same thing with an ABIT BP6 motherboard. It takes
about a minute to load the kernel image off the SCSI disk without the
compact option.  Running "lilo -v -v" with the compact option shows that
almost 1500 BIOS calls have been eliminated, resulting in an instant boot -
less than a second to load both the kernel image and initrd.

I think the installer should write the "compact" option to lilo.conf when
the boot disk is a SCSI disk hooked up via an Adaptec chipset.  I've never
had any problems whatsoever with the compact option with Adaptec chipset
BIOSes.
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2001-01-09 16:30:14 EST
Marked as a future feature request.

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