On 2013-11-16 13:36, James R. Van Artsdalen wrote: > On 11/16/2013 8:52 AM, Allan Jude wrote: >> I see this was in the release notes for 9.0 and 8.3, but other than >> that, I don't see how anyone was supposed to find out about this. >> Maybe it would make sense to print 'Starting memory test, set >> hw.memtest.test=0 to disable' before that starts, so anyone stuck >> waiting will have a hint about what to do.
A patch for the FAQ to add an entry about the hw.memtest.test=0 to speed up boot on machines with a lot of ram -- Allan Jude
Index: en_US.ISO8859-1/books/faq/book.xml =================================================================== --- en_US.ISO8859-1/books/faq/book.xml (revision 43198) +++ en_US.ISO8859-1/books/faq/book.xml (working copy) @@ -3669,6 +3669,26 @@ in &man.tunefs.8;.</para> </answer> </qandaentry> + + <qandaentry> + <question xml:id="slow-boot-memtest"> + <para>Why does &os; pause for a long time at boot when the + system has large amounts of ram?</para> + </question> + + <answer> + <para>&os; does a short memory test early in the boot + process. This test usually only takes several seconds, + however if the system has many 10s or 100s of gigabytes + of memory it can take up to a few minutes. This test + can be disabled by setting the + <literal>hw.memtest.tests</literal> to + <literal>0</literal> in + <filename>/boot/loader.conf</filename></para> + + <para>For more details, see &man.loader.conf.5;.</para> + </answer> + </qandaentry> </qandaset> <sect1 xml:id="all-about-zfs">
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