Many thanks to all who have helped me on this one - I won't post a
message in response to every suggestion, but they have all helped -
It turns out it was sendmail causing the delay, so now my /etc/rc.comf
(Someone asked what was in this file). The last line that I have just
added does cure the problem. But...
...it does not cure the problem for me if I decide that I do want
sendmail! I could cross that bridge when I come to it, but I would
prefer to gain some insight here if anyone can bear any more on this topic.
to /etc/hosts did not cure the problem. Could that be because the lookup
that causes the delay is a reverse one? If so, it would be trying to
find a name for 192.168.0.4 (I think that's the one I have been getting
recently) which is still not in hosts.
I would rather not mess with the IP allocation if possible - having it
automatic is much more useful and means I cannot create condradictory
records in different places.
Looking in /var/run/dmesg.boot turned up nothing obvious to me at least,
booting in Safe Mode made no difference, and verbose logging turned up
However, I did discover a tip posted a couple of years ago, and that was
to press ^T when the boot stalled. God knows what this does, but it
turned up the following response:
load: 0.85 cmd:sendmail 454 [kqread] 0.00u 0.01s 0% 1912k
I thinks that answers all the things that were suggested - can anyone
see a way of reinstating sendmail without the stalled boot process, and
without having to reserve specific IP addresses for each computer?
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