Test Day:2009-02-19 20SecondStartup

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DATE TIME WHERE
Thu February 19, 2009 From 12:00 to 00:00 UTC (7am -> 7pm ET) #fedora-qa)

Contents

What to test?

Today's instalment of Fedora Test Day will focus on:

Who's available

The following cast of characters will be available for testing, workarounds, bug fixes, and general discussion ...

Prerequisite for Test Day

  • Rawhide fully updated (some tips below). Remember, Rawhide is an unsupported development branch: use an installation you don't mind getting broken.
  • FAS Account - you can create an account in 3 minutes if you don't have one
  • Selinux enabled. If you need to run in permissive mode please file a bug against selinux
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no animals will be hurt during testing

How to test?

Update your machine to latest Rawhide

See the instructions on the Rawhide page on the various ways in which you can install or update to Rawhide.

For encrypted root partitions, you have to use patched plymouth packages.

Test

Follow each of these test cases:

A more advanced test cases (optional):

  • QA/Testcase_bootchart_full_desktop_start
  • Perform the testing with different configurations, particularly with different filesystems - we are interested in results with ext3, ext4, and xfs.
  • Test with another distribution, ideally on the same system and with a similar range of services for comparison.

Send in your results

Upload the files generated as you ran the test cases. You will get an error page after each file upload - don't worry, this is normal. After performing the upload, go to the File list page and you will see your upload at the top of the list. The URL to use when you add it to the table is the one labelled '(file)'.

To fill in the table, use an existing line - like Adam Williamson's - as a model. The first column should be your name, with a link to your User: page, or perhaps your email or IRC nick if you don't have a useful User: page. The second column should be a link to your profile page on Smolt - you should have got this URL when you uploaded your hardware profile to Smolt as you performed the tests. The remaining columns, except the last, should contain links to the files you just uploaded: both the readahead and non-readahead files for each test case. If you generated images, you can see how long each case took and use that time as the text for the link, as in Adam Williamson's entry. The last column is for notes.

If you are having trouble with the table, just ask for help in IRC.

Now you're finished! Take a look into the bootcharts and identify bottlenecks. Use the notes section for simple notes, or services like http://www.pastebin.com if you want to add more information about your hardware. If you find any bugs, or have ideas how to improve the boot experience, file a bug into Red Hat Bugzilla.

The test day is divided into 2 parts - first part is about gathering the data. In the second part we're going to go through the data and prepare a report.

Results

User Smolt Profile Bootchart - my setup Bootchart - desktop Bootchart - server Bootchart - minimal Bootchart - full desktop Comments
User:SampleUser
David Kovalský HW 38s RA: 36s noselinux: 35s RA,noselinux: 37s Intel P4 @ 3.2GHz (HT enabled), 2GB, ext3 ; my network card is randomly slow to get IP from DHCP, which affects the boot time the most
Adam Williamson HW 27s RA: 27s 25s RA: 27s 31s RA: 29s 23s RA: 21s Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.34GHz, 4GB, ext4
Martin Sourada HW 40s RA: 38s 46s RA: 44s 52s RA: 51s 40s RA: 40s 1m21s RA: 1m16s Celeron M420 @ 1.6GHz, 1.5GB, ext3
Petr Sklenar HW 42s RA:42s 55s RA:51s 41s RA:44s 59s RA:41s Lenovo T500, DUO CPU, @2.80Ghz, root ('/') is encrypt
James Laska HW 26s RA:22s HP xw93000 Workstation (AMD Opteron)
James Laska HW 50s RA:38s 1m37s RA:1m23s 1m28s RA:1m16s IBM T43 laptop
Brock Organ HW 50s RA:37s IBM T43 laptop
Jan Scotka HW 33s RA:42s qemu-kvm (x86_64 2 virt CPUs, virtio disk, bridged if) VM on Lenovo T61 (encrypted disk)
Ondrej Hudlicky HW 52s RA:46s EEE 1000HD 1GB RAM "White"
Jake Shipton HW 46s RA:46s 46s RA:46s 48s RA:43s AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2.0GHz (1), 2GB RAM, ext4, x86_64
Michal Nowak HW 38s RA:32s 52s RA:47s 36s 40s Intel Xeon 5110 @ 1.60GHz, 2GB RAM, ext3, x86_64
Steven Moix HW 33s RA: 28s 30s RA: 28s 34s RA: 32s 24s RA: 24s Athlon 64 X2 3800+, the tests were made without the microcode_ctl service
Kent Baxley HW 1m11s RA: 1m03s IBM T40 Intel Pentium M 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, ext3, i386

Results (other distros)

User Smolt Profile Bootchart data Distro Enabled services Comments
User:SampleUser
Adam Williamson HW 24s Mandriva Cooker 2009/02/13 Equivalent to my Fedora services Same machine as in Fedora chart. ext3