Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 59590
RFE: proposal for speeding up CD-ROM installs
Last modified: 2007-03-26 23:51:14 EDT
When doing a CD-ROM install, package installation works something like this (I'm
basing this on the system sounds alone -- I'll go poke the anaconda source in a
minute to see what's *really* happening ;-):
1. CD-ROM spins up, hard drive is idle
2. package is transferred to hard drive from CD-ROM
3. CD-ROM spins down
4. package is installed
(3 and 4 are more-or-less simultaneous)
Since modern fast CD-ROMs take a long time to spin up and down, the end result
is that a lot of time is wasted....
If anaconda transferred multiple packages at once from CD-ROM and staged them
temporarily, CD install would be faster
Matt any idea on how to keep the drive motor running?
Other distros have done a "while /bin/true; read from /dev/cdrom > /dev/null;
done" for this...
Deferring to future release.
Now that it's new release time I'm reopening this (note: I've not yet gotten to
try an install. If the new beta is already doing this, then please close it
We have not had any further complaints about CDROM installs so I do not judge
this change is necessary.