[systemd-devel] systemd-vconsole-setup fails very slowly

Andy Lutomirski luto at amacapital.net
Wed Jan 21 19:15:12 PST 2015

Hi all-

When running virtme (a simple vm gadget) on Fedora 21, the slowest
part of bootup by far appears to be systemd-vconsole-setup:

# time /usr/lib/systemd/systemd-vconsole-setup
putfont: PIO_FONT trying ...
setfont: putfont: 512,8x16:  failed: -1
putfont: PIO_FONT: Invalid argument
/usr/bin/setfont failed with error code 71.

real    0m5.361s
user    0m0.079s
sys    0m0.093s

I have no idea what it's trying to do, why it thinks it should work,
or why it doesn't work, but can it be updated to fail quickly.  The VM
in question has no graphics:

# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440FX - 82441FX PMC [Natoma] (rev 02)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82371SB PIIX3 ISA [Natoma/Triton II]
00:01.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371SB PIIX3 IDE [Natoma/Triton II]
00:01.3 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 03)
00:02.0 Unclassified device [0002]: Red Hat, Inc Virtio filesystem
00:03.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 6300ESB Watchdog Timer

To reproduce on Fedora 21:

$ sudo dnf install virtme
$ virtme-run --installed-kernel

Then twiddle your thumbs for ~6.3 seconds instead of the ~1.3 seconds
of thumb twiddling that would be required AFAICT without this issue.


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