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Speeding Up Debian Boot Process 02.25.06

Posted by wimac in *nix.
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My MTA (exim4) was taking about 10-20 seconds to start, holding back the boot process so I’ve tried this simple hack: Make Debian boot faster

Edit the startup script /etc/init.d/rc.
Changing the line:

startup $i start

to the following:

startup $i start &

Launching the startup scripts in parallel rather than waiting for each to complete first before running the next could cause problems with dependencies but on a vanilla 3.1 install it hasn’t caused any trouble (so far) and the system boots noticeably faster.
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