Debian 10 VM has no software based RAID config, neither is there any intention of creating a software based (mdadm) RAID array.
mdadm is installed purely as a dependency for cockpit-storaged
mdadm service is disabled.
mdadm-waitidle service is disabled.
With 'dpkg-reconfigure mdadm' the 'MD monitoring deamon' is disabled.
Yet on restarts, the message "mdadm: no arrays found in config file or automatically" considerably delays the boot process.
Deleting the mdadm config file /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf has no effect.
Specifying 'DEVICE = /dev/xvda1' and/or 'ARRAY = ' followed by 'update-initramfs -u' has no effect.
Uninstalling mdadm solves the issue, yet breaks cockpit's storage services.
As such, how does one stop mdadm doing an automatic scan at startup ?