> I'm running Mandrake 8.2 and am very happy except for one thing.
> Boot time normally takes about 2.5 minutes. However, if the ethernet
> cable is unplugged, the boot time at least doubles as the boot sequence
> tries to load eth0. It just sits there, and I don't know how to skip
> it, or to make it so it doesn't automatically start, and I can manually
> start it later.
> Any thoughts?
It's normally configured to start, according to run level. Everything in a
given run level starts sequentially, so that a slow one, such as your
ethernet will delay boot up. Disable it from there and either start it
manually after boot, or put it as the last item in rc.local. You may also
want to do some run level checking, to make sure it starts at the
appropriate time. I have heard of some people using different start
levels, according to whether they want networking.
Fundamentalism is fundamentally wrong.