I use Vagrant to test almost everything. But since I upgraded to VirtuabBox 4.2.x and CentOS 6 as guess OS, I had the impression that everything was slower… and I get use to it…
But this week-end while preparing selinux policies for Percona XtraDB Cluster, I noticed that it was really slow…. really really very very slooooow :’-(
And I found the reason ! I first tried to add some kernel parameters like :
noacpi noapic divider=10 notsc
But that didn’t help.
Then I just enabled IO APIC on the VM’s configuration and it worked much faster ! The boot of the machine was faster and in my case loading selinux policies too !
Have a look to the difference:
Without IO APIC:
[root@node2 ~]# time semodule -i percona-xtradb-cluster-full.pp real 6m3.646s user 1m34.430s sys 3m42.805s
With IO APIC:
[root@node2 ~]# time semodule -i percona-xtradb-cluster-full.pp real 0m14.611s user 0m13.829s sys 0m0.769s
To enable IO APIC from Vagrant, these are the parameters to use in your Vagrantfile:
config.vm.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--memory", "256", "--ioapic", "on"]
Vagrant on Windows 7 was practically unusable as it was so slow (in my case) — this did the trick. Thanks!