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#1 2019-09-03 08:46:31

chrisdb
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Registered: 2018-05-16
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Arch installation is really fast

Installing Arch on my laptop takes about 10 to 15 minutes (with XFCE DE).

Below are my specs:

Type:   Lenovo ideapad 320-15ABR  date: 05/22/2017

CPU: Quad Core AMD A10-9620P RADEON R5 10 COMPUTE CORES 4C+6G (-MCP-) speed/min/max: 1425/1300/2500 MHz
Mem: 11458.5 MiB 
Storage: 931.51 GiB 
HDD Rotation Rate:    5400 rpm

The other day I wanted to install Debian buster, but for some reason it took more than 1 hour to complete the entire installation (XFCE included).
Even the base installation took about 20 to 30 minutes

So what is the reason for Arch's superior speed? Does it handle resources more efficiently?
I know pacman is great, but is apt from Debian really that slow?

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#2 2019-09-03 08:55:12

schard
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From: Hannover
Registered: 2016-05-06
Posts: 487
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Re: Arch installation is really fast

chrisdb wrote:

I know pacman is great, but is apt from Debian really that slow?

Yes.

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#3 2019-09-03 09:42:27

chrisdb
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Registered: 2018-05-16
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Re: Arch installation is really fast

schard wrote:
chrisdb wrote:

I know pacman is great, but is apt from Debian really that slow?

Yes.

Speaking out of personal experience? smile

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#4 2019-09-03 09:54:35

schard
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From: Hannover
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Re: Arch installation is really fast

Did you follow the link and read the article?

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#5 2019-09-03 11:07:13

edacval
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From: .LT
Registered: 2008-10-23
Posts: 58

Re: Arch installation is really fast

There is a typo in article name. The correct name should be "How i measured the speed of popular Linux distributions mirrors" smile
Their:

% docker run -t -i archlinux/base
[root@9604e4ae2367 /]# time (pacman -Sy && pacman -S --noconfirm qemu)
:: Synchronizing package databases...
 core       132.2 KiB   751K/s 00:00
 extra     1629.6 KiB  3.04M/s 00:01
 community    4.9 MiB  6.16M/s 00:01
[…]
Total Download Size:   123.20 MiB
Total Installed Size:  587.84 MiB
[…]
real	1m2.475s
user	0m9.272s
sys	0m2.458s

My:

time (pacman -Syy && pacman -S --noconfirm qemu)
:: Synchronizing package databases...
 shared                                                                                 109.7 KiB  0.00B/s 00:00 [####################################################################] 100%
 core                                                                                   132.4 KiB  0.00B/s 00:00 [####################################################################] 100%
 extra                                                                                 1706.5 KiB   167M/s 00:00 [####################################################################] 100%
 community                                                                                4.9 MiB  97.1M/s 00:00 [####################################################################] 100%
 multilib                                                                               169.6 KiB  16.6M/s 00:00 [####################################################################] 100%
resolving dependencies...
looking for conflicting packages...

Package (1)  New Version  Net Change

extra/qemu   4.1.0-1       29.24 MiB

Total Installed Size:  29.24 MiB

:: Proceed with installation? [Y/n] 
(1/1) checking keys in keyring                                                                                   [####################################################################] 100%
(1/1) checking package integrity                                                                                 [####################################################################] 100%
(1/1) loading package files                                                                                      [####################################################################] 100%
(1/1) checking for file conflicts                                                                                [####################################################################] 100%
(1/1) checking available disk space                                                                              [####################################################################] 100%
:: Processing package changes...
(1/1) installing qemu                                                                                            [####################################################################] 100%
Optional dependencies for qemu
    qemu-arch-extra: extra architectures support [installed]
    samba: SMB/CIFS server support [installed]
    qemu-block-iscsi: iSCSI block support [installed]
    qemu-block-rbd: RBD block support
    qemu-block-gluster: glusterfs block support
:: Running post-transaction hooks...
(1/4) Updating icon theme caches...
(2/4) Reloading device manager configuration...
(3/4) Arming ConditionNeedsUpdate...
(4/4) Updating the desktop file MIME type cache...

real	0m1.502s
user	0m1.251s
sys	0m0.144s

Funny benchmark..

Last edited by edacval (2019-09-03 11:07:46)

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#6 2019-09-03 11:17:38

chrisdb
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Registered: 2018-05-16
Posts: 95

Re: Arch installation is really fast

schard wrote:

Did you follow the link and read the article?

I didn't see it at first big_smile

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