SUMMARY: Reboot on Netra takes 2 HOURS

From: Daniel Hedrick (
Date: Mon Feb 17 1997 - 08:01:56 CST

Here is my original question:

> I have a Netra(i) [not sure which model] that functions as a webserver, and
> has some 90 or so virtual domains (give or take a few). When this machine is
> rebooted (for whatever reason), it takes it TWO HOURS to come up. As it's
> booting, it pauses anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes between each
> le0 file that it "checks".

This was, in fact, a fairly quick fix. As many pointed out it was a DNS snafu.
We are not running any sort of local nameserver (yet), and the solution was
to edit the /etc/nsswitch.conf file.

This line:
hosts: dns files

was changed to this:
hosts: files dns

which (I believe) specifies that hostnames are to be retrieved from
the /etc/hosts file and not from DNS records.

This cut boot time from 2 hours to ONE MINUTE AND FORTY-FIVE SECONDS!!!

Thanks very much first to Casper Dik (casper@holland.Sun.COM) who was the
first to point this out.

I also want to thank the following for responding. Most of them said the
same thing, several of them pointed to other problems that I found, and
ALL of them helped to better my knowledge of Solaris and Sun. Thanks!!!

Carl.Meske@Eng.Sun.COM (Carl Meske)
Theo Thomidis <>
Michael Panayiotakis <>
Rich Snyder <>
Sydney Weinstein <>
Flavio Elizalde <>
"Roger B.A. Klorese" <> (Niall O Broin)
Stephen Harris <> (Einar Indridason) (Roland Kaltefleiter) (Wales Wong)


Daniel Hedrick
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