It's always irritated me that when Ubuntu boots up it displays messages such as
- Starting PCMCIA FAIL
- Starting BlueTooth
- Searching for RAID devices
with comparable messages when the machine shuts down.
I spent, maybe, $700 total on this machine over the last three years. Today I could get a faster box with more memory and the same capabilities for maybe $500. Why in Frak's sake would I put a RAID on this thing?
I went to /etc/init.d and was just about ready to start deleting files — in particular pcmcia. Fortunately, I decided to do a bit of a search, first, and found HowTo: Speed up ubuntu boot process. This is an extremely useful document. It tells you how to get and run sysv-rc-conf, a text-based program that edits your startup and shutdown configuration so that unnecessary programs are disabled. (There was a graphical version of this in Fedora, IIRC. Outstanding.)
On my box, once I installed sysv-rc-conf, I ran it using
since I don't have /usr/sbin in my path. Then I read the article, and decided to shut down:
- bluez-util, since I don't have Bluetooth;
- laptop-mode, since this ain't;
- mdadm and mdadm-raid, RAID control programs;
- pcmcia and pcmciautil, as there is no PCMCIA card on this machine; and
- ppp and ppp-dns, since I don't do dial-up.
I also visited the section of the article about editing file names in /etc/rc0.d and /etc/rc6.d, moving the files associated with mdadm, ppp, and PCMCIA from "K"name to "k"name, removing them from the boot and shutdown process.
I'm pretty sure that bootup is a bit faster, but I didn't do any timings. At least it gets rid of the annoying messages.