Re: Speed up CD/DVD-based FreeBSD

From: Ian Lepore <>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:32:38 -0600
On Mon, 2018-03-12 at 06:35 +0100, O. Hartmann wrote:
> We have a special case of running FreeBSD (actually a NanoBSD) from a CD/DVD.
> The reason behind using a CD/DVD is to prevent manipulations.
> Now, after the GUI hass started, the system autologin a user and autostarts
> Firefox. But starting Firefox takes ~ 5 - 7 minutes, while the operating system
> takes 2 - 3 minutes. As you can imagine, this isn't quite a useful time.
> Is there a simple way, considering enough RAM in the box, to speed up the
> process? Loading Firefox makes the DVD drive moving the head very often - I
> assume this is the fact because I can hear the head scratiching around very
> intense.
> Does FreeBSD bring tools/facilities onboard to achive what I'm requesting or do
> I need an additional port/softwarepackage?
> Any considerations are welcome.
> Thanks in advance,
> Oliver

You say you have "enough" ram... is it enough to fit your entire
filesystem image in memory and still be able to run apps?  If so you
can compile your entire filesystem into the kernel using an mdroot
image using options MD_ROOT and makeoptions MFS_IMAGE=<filename>.

-- Ian
Received on Mon Mar 12 2018 - 13:32:47 UTC

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