Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 27099
Uncomfortably long pause after "transferring install image"
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:31:24 EDT
I did a full everything install of BETA3.
Machine is a PII-350 with fast-ish disk and 128Mb RAM.
I was watching the progress bar for "transferring install image to
hard drive". This took a moderate amount of time.
Unfortunately, when this progress bar hit 100%, the machine
appeared to hang. For at least a minute, the progress bar
sat there, clearly at 100%. I was given no feedback and no
hard drive activity occurred. This might panic some people
into pressing the big red button.
It would be nice if something simple were done to alleviate
this. For example, change the text on the progress bar to
"Please wait a moment..". A simple touch but it might make
Of course, the progress bar would ideally only hit 100%
when the operation has finished and not 1 minute before!!
Was there alot of disk activity during the delay?
It may have been the wait for the file to be flushed from kernel buffers to
disk. If you have alot of RAM the nearly 100M file could be buffered entirely
before written to disk.
This defect is considered MUST-FIX for Florence Release-Candidate #1
If memory serves: no disk activity. It wasthe first thing I checked.
What does the installer do after it "transfers the install image"? Anything
CPU intensive (particularly stuff which takes longer the more packages
does the progress bar go away when you move the mouse (i.e., when you wake up
Further investigation with Wolverine
The delay seems to be due to a CPU intensive operation. During the hang,
anaconda is eating 100% CPU.
My machine isn't exactly slow (350Mhz PII). Perhaps I aggravate the problem
because I always choose to install everything.
It would be nice if the CPU hog was found and sorted out.
I think this is part of the RPM transaction set processing.
"NOTABUG"? Surely "WONTFIX", which I can appreciate.