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  1. What services can I disable on a laptop?

    I've got a Sony VAIO VGN-SZ4XWN/C laptop running Solaris Express
    Community Edition snv_87 X86. Whereas the time for a machine to boot is
    not a big deal on a desktop/server which stays on 24/7, it is more of an
    issue on a laptop. Hence I'd like to speed it up a bit. I guess I can do
    this by disabling some unneeded services, but I have difficulty in
    knowing what can be disabled and what can't. For example, I just
    disabled cde-login, thinking I never use CDE, so I might as well disable
    it. But it dropped me out of Gnome and I could not use it again until I
    had enabled it.

    Can anyone suggest any here which I'm unlikely to need on a laptop? This
    is what I have online now.

    ..
    bash-3.2$ svcs | grep online
    online 9:37:32 svc:/system/svc/restarter:default
    online 9:37:32 svc:/network/tnctl:default
    online 9:37:33 svc:/network/datalink-management:default
    online 9:37:33 svc:/network/loopback:default
    online 9:37:33 svc:/system/installupdates:default
    online 9:37:33 svc:/milestone/name-services:default
    online 9:37:33 svc:/system/filesystem/root:default
    online 9:37:33 svc:/network/physical:nwam
    online 9:37:33 svc:/system/scheduler:default
    online 9:37:33 svc:/system/identity:node
    online 9:37:34 svc:/network/physical:default
    online 9:37:34 svc:/system/boot-archive:default
    online 9:37:35 svc:/system/filesystem/usr:default
    online 9:37:36 svc:/system/keymap:default
    online 9:37:36 svc:/system/device/local:default
    online 9:37:36 svc:/system/filesystem/minimal:default
    online 9:37:37 svc:/system/rmtmpfiles:default
    online 9:37:37 svc:/system/resource-mgmt:default
    online 9:37:37 svc:/system/identity:domain
    online 9:37:37 svc:/system/coreadm:default
    online 9:37:38 svc:/system/sysevent:default
    online 9:37:38 svc:/system/cryptosvc:default
    online 9:37:38 svc:/system/power:default
    online 9:37:38 svc:/system/picl:default
    online 9:37:39 svc:/system/device/fc-fabric:default
    online 9:37:39 svc:/milestone/devices:default
    online 9:37:39 svc:/network/ipsec/ipsecalgs:default
    online 9:37:39 svc:/network/ipsec/policy:default
    online 9:37:39 svc:/milestone/network:default
    online 9:37:39 svc:/network/wpa:wpi0
    online 9:37:39 svc:/system/manifest-import:default
    online 9:37:40 svc:/network/initial:default
    online 9:37:40 svc:/milestone/single-user:default
    online 9:37:40 svc:/network/service:default
    online 9:37:41 svc:/application/print/ppd-cache-update:default
    online 9:37:41 svc:/system/filesystem/local:default
    online 9:37:42 svc:/system/boot-archive-update:default
    online 9:37:42 svc:/application/opengl/ogl-select:default
    online 9:37:42 svc:/system/cron:default
    online 9:37:42 svc:/system/sysidtool:net
    online 9:37:43 svc:/network/shares/group:default
    online 9:37:43 svc:/network/shares/group:zfs
    online 9:37:43 svc:/system/dbus:default
    online 9:37:44 svc:/system/name-service-cache:default
    online 9:37:45 svc:/application/stosreg:default
    online 9:37:45 svc:/system/avahi-bridge-dsd:default
    online 9:37:46 svc:/network/routing-setup:default
    online 9:37:46 svc:/system/hal:default
    online 9:37:46 svc:/network/rpc/bind:default
    online 9:37:47 svc:/network/routing/ndp:default
    online 9:37:47 svc:/system/filesystem/rmvolmgr:default
    online 9:37:47 svc:/system/filesystem/autofs:default
    online 9:37:47 svc:/system/sysidtool:system
    online 9:37:47 svc:/system/postrun:default
    online 9:37:47 svc:/platform/i86pc/kdmconfig:default
    online 9:37:47 svc:/system/dumpadm:default
    online 9:37:47 svc:/milestone/sysconfig:default
    online 9:37:47 svc:/system/sac:default
    online 9:37:47 svc:/system/utmp:default
    online 9:37:47 svc:/application/font/fc-cache:default
    online 9:37:47 svc:/system/console-login:default
    online 9:37:48 svc:/application/management/wbem:default
    online 9:37:48 svc:/system/system-log:default
    online 9:37:48 svc:/network/inetd:default
    online 9:37:49 svc:/network/rpc/gss:default
    online 9:37:49 svc:/network/rpc/smserver:default
    online 9:37:49 svc:/network/rpc/cde-calendar-manager:default
    online 9:37:49 svc:/network/rpc/cde-ttdbserver:tcp
    online 9:37:49 svc:/network/security/ktkt_warn:default
    online 9:37:49 svc:/network/rpc-100235_1/rpc_ticotsord:default
    online 9:37:49 svc:/network/ssh:default
    online 9:37:50 svc:/milestone/multi-user:default
    online 9:37:50 svc:/system/intrd:default
    online 9:37:50 svc:/milestone/multi-user-server:default
    online 9:37:50 svc:/system/zones:default
    online 9:37:51 svc:/system/fmd:default
    online 9:37:51 svc:/system/basicreg:default
    online 9:37:59 svc:/application/graphical-login/cde-login:default
    online 9:38:00 svc:/application/cde-printinfo:default
    online 9:38:12 svc:/system/webconsole:console


  2. Re: What services can I disable on a laptop?

    Dave wrote:
    > I've got a Sony VAIO VGN-SZ4XWN/C laptop running Solaris Express
    > Community Edition snv_87 X86. Whereas the time for a machine to boot is
    > not a big deal on a desktop/server which stays on 24/7, it is more of an
    > issue on a laptop. Hence I'd like to speed it up a bit. I guess I can do
    > this by disabling some unneeded services, but I have difficulty in
    > knowing what can be disabled and what can't. For example, I just
    > disabled cde-login, thinking I never use CDE, so I might as well disable
    > it. But it dropped me out of Gnome and I could not use it again until I
    > had enabled it.
    >

    Don't forget services start in parallel (dependencies permitting) so you
    probably won't gain much. If you want fast boot from a laptop, fit a
    fast drive.

    --
    Ian Collins.

  3. Re: What services can I disable on a laptop?

    On May 3, 4:00 am, Dave wrote:
    > I've got a Sony VAIO VGN-SZ4XWN/C laptop running Solaris Express
    > Community Edition snv_87 X86. Whereas the time for a machine to boot is
    > not a big deal on a desktop/server which stays on 24/7, it is more of an
    > issue on a laptop. Hence I'd like to speed it up a bit. I guess I can do
    > this by disabling some unneeded services, but I have difficulty in
    > knowing what can be disabled and what can't. For example, I just
    > disabled cde-login, thinking I never use CDE, so I might as well disable
    > it. But it dropped me out of Gnome and I could not use it again until I
    > had enabled it.
    >
    > Can anyone suggest any here which I'm unlikely to need on a laptop? This
    > is what I have online now.
    >
    > .
    > bash-3.2$ svcs | grep online
    > online 9:37:32 svc:/system/svc/restarter:default
    > online 9:37:32 svc:/network/tnctl:default
    > online 9:37:33 svc:/network/datalink-management:default
    > online 9:37:33 svc:/network/loopback:default
    > online 9:37:33 svc:/system/installupdates:default
    > online 9:37:33 svc:/milestone/name-services:default
    > online 9:37:33 svc:/system/filesystem/root:default
    > online 9:37:33 svc:/network/physical:nwam
    > online 9:37:33 svc:/system/scheduler:default
    > online 9:37:33 svc:/system/identity:node
    > online 9:37:34 svc:/network/physical:default
    > online 9:37:34 svc:/system/boot-archive:default
    > online 9:37:35 svc:/system/filesystem/usr:default
    > online 9:37:36 svc:/system/keymap:default
    > online 9:37:36 svc:/system/device/local:default
    > online 9:37:36 svc:/system/filesystem/minimal:default
    > online 9:37:37 svc:/system/rmtmpfiles:default
    > online 9:37:37 svc:/system/resource-mgmt:default
    > online 9:37:37 svc:/system/identity:domain
    > online 9:37:37 svc:/system/coreadm:default
    > online 9:37:38 svc:/system/sysevent:default
    > online 9:37:38 svc:/system/cryptosvc:default
    > online 9:37:38 svc:/system/power:default
    > online 9:37:38 svc:/system/picl:default
    > online 9:37:39 svc:/system/device/fc-fabric:default
    > online 9:37:39 svc:/milestone/devices:default
    > online 9:37:39 svc:/network/ipsec/ipsecalgs:default
    > online 9:37:39 svc:/network/ipsec/policy:default
    > online 9:37:39 svc:/milestone/network:default
    > online 9:37:39 svc:/network/wpa:wpi0
    > online 9:37:39 svc:/system/manifest-import:default
    > online 9:37:40 svc:/network/initial:default
    > online 9:37:40 svc:/milestone/single-user:default
    > online 9:37:40 svc:/network/service:default
    > online 9:37:41 svc:/application/print/ppd-cache-update:default
    > online 9:37:41 svc:/system/filesystem/local:default
    > online 9:37:42 svc:/system/boot-archive-update:default
    > online 9:37:42 svc:/application/opengl/ogl-select:default
    > online 9:37:42 svc:/system/cron:default
    > online 9:37:42 svc:/system/sysidtool:net
    > online 9:37:43 svc:/network/shares/group:default
    > online 9:37:43 svc:/network/shares/group:zfs
    > online 9:37:43 svc:/system/dbus:default
    > online 9:37:44 svc:/system/name-service-cache:default
    > online 9:37:45 svc:/application/stosreg:default
    > online 9:37:45 svc:/system/avahi-bridge-dsd:default
    > online 9:37:46 svc:/network/routing-setup:default
    > online 9:37:46 svc:/system/hal:default
    > online 9:37:46 svc:/network/rpc/bind:default
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/network/routing/ndp:default
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/system/filesystem/rmvolmgr:default
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/system/filesystem/autofs:default
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/system/sysidtool:system
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/system/postrun:default
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/platform/i86pc/kdmconfig:default
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/system/dumpadm:default
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/milestone/sysconfig:default
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/system/sac:default
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/system/utmp:default
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/application/font/fc-cache:default
    > online 9:37:47 svc:/system/console-login:default
    > online 9:37:48 svc:/application/management/wbem:default
    > online 9:37:48 svc:/system/system-log:default
    > online 9:37:48 svc:/network/inetd:default
    > online 9:37:49 svc:/network/rpc/gss:default
    > online 9:37:49 svc:/network/rpc/smserver:default
    > online 9:37:49 svc:/network/rpc/cde-calendar-manager:default
    > online 9:37:49 svc:/network/rpc/cde-ttdbserver:tcp
    > online 9:37:49 svc:/network/security/ktkt_warn:default
    > online 9:37:49 svc:/network/rpc-100235_1/rpc_ticotsord:default
    > online 9:37:49 svc:/network/ssh:default
    > online 9:37:50 svc:/milestone/multi-user:default
    > online 9:37:50 svc:/system/intrd:default
    > online 9:37:50 svc:/milestone/multi-user-server:default
    > online 9:37:50 svc:/system/zones:default
    > online 9:37:51 svc:/system/fmd:default
    > online 9:37:51 svc:/system/basicreg:default
    > online 9:37:59 svc:/application/graphical-login/cde-login:default
    > online 9:38:00 svc:/application/cde-printinfo:default
    > online 9:38:12 svc:/system/webconsole:console


    A large part of the boot time goes to initialize hardware, so there's
    not much you can do to speed it up. That said, I never use these
    services and it disabling them does free up some resources:

    svc:/system/webconsole:console
    svc:/application/management/wbem:default

  4. Re: What services can I disable on a laptop?

    ["Followup-To:" nach comp.unix.solaris gesetzt.]
    * On Sat, 03 May 2008 21:07:20 +1200, Ian Collins wrote:

    > Dave wrote:
    >> I've got a Sony VAIO VGN-SZ4XWN/C laptop running Solaris Express
    >> Community Edition snv_87 X86. Whereas the time for a machine to boot is
    >> not a big deal on a desktop/server which stays on 24/7, it is more of an
    >> issue on a laptop. Hence I'd like to speed it up a bit. I guess I can do
    >> this by disabling some unneeded services, but I have difficulty in
    >> knowing what can be disabled and what can't. For example, I just
    >> disabled cde-login, thinking I never use CDE, so I might as well disable
    >> it. But it dropped me out of Gnome and I could not use it again until I
    >> had enabled it.
    >>

    > Don't forget services start in parallel (dependencies permitting) so you
    > probably won't gain much. If you want fast boot from a laptop, fit a
    > fast drive.


    Disabling unneeded services is always a good idea. Not only to save CPU
    and RAM but for security reasons, too.

  5. Re: What services can I disable on a laptop?

    On May 3, 2:07 am, Ian Collins wrote:
    > Dave wrote:
    > > I've got a Sony VAIO VGN-SZ4XWN/C laptop running Solaris Express
    > > Community Edition snv_87 X86. Whereas the time for a machine to boot is
    > > not a big deal on a desktop/server which stays on 24/7, it is more of an
    > > issue on a laptop. Hence I'd like to speed it up a bit. I guess I can do
    > > this by disabling some unneeded services, but I have difficulty in
    > > knowing what can be disabled and what can't. For example, I just
    > > disabled cde-login, thinking I never use CDE, so I might as well disable
    > > it. But it dropped me out of Gnome and I could not use it again until I
    > > had enabled it.

    We learn by doing.. Keep it up : >
    > Don't forget services start in parallel (dependencies permitting) so you
    > probably won't gain much. If you want fast boot from a laptop, fit a
    > fast drive.


    I bought a faster drive and you do notice a bit of a difference but
    RAM helps too : >
    I began with 512 MB and jumped to 2 GB. Definitely noticeable.

    I read somewhere that b88 supports ZFS boots natively. It will be
    interesting to see
    if that speeds things up as much as I suspect it will.

    Disabling unneeded services might save a second or two??
    Not really a reason for disabling a sevice (to speed up a boot), you
    disable because
    its not needed : /

  6. Re: What services can I disable on a laptop?

    On Sat, 3 May 2008, Dave wrote:

    > so I might as well disable it. But it dropped me out of Gnome and I could not
    > use it again until I had enabled it.


    Is this a fresh install or upgrade? I ask because fresh installs
    now have SBD (secure by default), which means that most (network)
    services are disabled by default.

    How much RAM and what CPU do you have? My Ferrari 3400 with 2GB
    of RAM is still quite snappy.

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  7. Re: What services can I disable on a laptop?

    Rich Teer wrote:
    > On Sat, 3 May 2008, Dave wrote:
    >
    >> so I might as well disable it. But it dropped me out of Gnome and I could not
    >> use it again until I had enabled it.

    >
    > Is this a fresh install or upgrade? I ask because fresh installs
    > now have SBD (secure by default), which means that most (network)
    > services are disabled by default.


    I did a fresh install of the latest community edition.

    I noticed the wireless was disabled, which threw me a bit, as I'm sure
    it was enabled when I installed the developer edition a few months back.

    > How much RAM and what CPU do you have? My Ferrari 3400 with 2GB
    > of RAM is still quite snappy.


    Dual core 2.0 GHz Intel. 2 GB RAM.

    It's not slow, but if I can save a bit of time during boot I would like
    to. It was dreadfully slow at one point, but this was because is sat in
    a loop telling me the wireless was off, and it could not set the power
    level. That bug is now resolved, so it must have saved 2-3 minutes.

    The drive is quite new - its a 300 GB unit and they have not been around
    long. I don't know the speed of it off-hand, but being quite new, I
    assume it is not too bad.


  8. Re: What services can I disable on a laptop?

    ITguy wrote:

    >> .
    >> bash-3.2$ svcs | grep online
    >> online 9:37:32 svc:/system/svc/restarter:default
    >> online 9:37:32 svc:/network/tnctl:default


    >> online 9:38:12 svc:/system/webconsole:console

    >
    > A large part of the boot time goes to initialize hardware, so there's
    > not much you can do to speed it up. That said, I never use these
    > services and it disabling them does free up some resources:


    In my case some of that is for hardware that I can't use, like the
    finger print reader and camera.

    > svc:/system/webconsole:console
    > svc:/application/management/wbem:default


    Cheers, I done those two and noticed no ill effects.

  9. Re: What services can I disable on a laptop?

    On Sun, 04 May 2008 10:40:47 +0100, Dave wrote:
    > ITguy wrote:


    >> svc:/system/webconsole:console
    >> svc:/application/management/wbem:default

    >
    > Cheers, I done those two and noticed no ill effects.


    cacaoadm disable
    cacaoadm stop


  10. Re: What services can I disable on a laptop?

    Dave wrote:
    > Rich Teer wrote:
    >> On Sat, 3 May 2008, Dave wrote:
    >>
    >>> so I might as well disable it. But it dropped me out of Gnome and I
    >>> could not
    >>> use it again until I had enabled it.

    >>
    >> Is this a fresh install or upgrade? I ask because fresh installs
    >> now have SBD (secure by default), which means that most (network)
    >> services are disabled by default.

    >
    > I did a fresh install of the latest community edition.
    >
    > I noticed the wireless was disabled, which threw me a bit, as I'm sure
    > it was enabled when I installed the developer edition a few months back.
    >
    >> How much RAM and what CPU do you have? My Ferrari 3400 with 2GB
    >> of RAM is still quite snappy.

    >
    > Dual core 2.0 GHz Intel. 2 GB RAM.
    >
    > It's not slow, but if I can save a bit of time during boot I would like
    > to. It was dreadfully slow at one point, but this was because is sat in
    > a loop telling me the wireless was off, and it could not set the power
    > level. That bug is now resolved, so it must have saved 2-3 minutes.
    >
    > The drive is quite new - its a 300 GB unit and they have not been around
    > long. I don't know the speed of it off-hand, but being quite new, I
    > assume it is not too bad.
    >


    Compared to boot Windows, SXCE is quite snappy. I've a Ferrari 4000/2GB
    with nvb_76 and a Ferrari 5000/2GB with WinXP/SP2 and to test them I
    boot both up in parallel, login and start Firefox to the same page. SXCE
    always wins and then it has also started MySQL, Apache and GlassFish.
    Haven't tested any Linux distro but I think it will beat WinXP too.

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