Speeding up the initial SMF manifest import

If you are an avid Solaris 10 user, you may have noticed that it takes a bit of time for global and non-global zones to initialize after they are installed. One of the issues that slows down the initialization process is the initial manifest import, which is a series of steps that takes place to populate the repository with one or more service manifests. The enhanced profiles project is currently tasked with permanently addressing this issue, but Steve Peng just putback CR #6351623 (Initial manifest-import is slow) to provide some temporary relief. This is good stuff, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Nevada build 84 to see just how well his tmpfs solution works! If anyone has tested Steve’s solution, or copied over their own repository during system initialization, please leave a comment or shoot me an email. I am curious to see just how speedy these solutions are!!

2 thoughts on “Speeding up the initial SMF manifest import”

  1. Pun intended I guess? “Temporary” relief using tmpfs. Clever.

    Anyway… yes that initial SMF delay has caused many customer complaints hurled at me during that first reboot after install. I reassure them that it only happens once but it’s still irksome. I’m happy to see this getting some attention.


  2. Hi,

    Installed b85 today as was surprised by the fantastic improvement this has coursed !
    Very happy indeed !
    I hope boot times will decrease as well at some point. If one turns off services such as smserver and webconsole then things start to speed up somewhat but that’s off topic anyway :p


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