In message <dhs5mg+3j6t@...
>, j_ohare2003 <john@...
>I have followed various posts on creating ram disks etc with the goal
>of allowing my harddrive to spindown when it wasn't busy. My drive is
>a "Western Digital 80g Essentials".
>So far I have failed to see it spin down. As part of my tests I
>connected the drive to my nslu2, after it had booted without a drive
>attached. In this condition the drive spins up when connected and then
>after a period of time spins down. This leads me to think the drive is
>capable of spining down when the nslu2 doesn't do i/o to it.
>Anyone know what I might be missing in spinning down the harddrive
>when it is the boot device?
>I think the output below shows my ram disks are OK:
># cat /proc/mounts
>rootfs / rootfs rw 0 0
>/dev/root /initrd jffs2 rw 0 0
>/dev/sda1 / ext3 rw 0 0
>/proc /proc proc rw 0 0
>usbdevfs /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs rw 0 0
>/dev/sda1 /var.state ext3 rw 0 0
>ramfs /var ramfs rw 0 0
>ramfs /mnt/tmpmnt ramfs rw 0 0
>/dev/sda1 /dev.state ext3 rw 0 0
>ramfs /dev ramfs rw 0 0
>/dev/sda1 /share/hdd/data ext3 rw 0 0
>/dev/sda2 /share/hdd/conf ext3 rw,sync 0 0
>I have tried:
>mount /dev/sda1 -o remount,noatime
>again without the desired outcome.
ramfs /mnt/tmpmnt ramfs rw 0 0 is incorrect, there must be
something wrong with your script. Perhaps a missing /bin/umount
Also remounting the drive with noatime works for me. I use the
following rc script saved in the disk /unslung folder
Script name /unslung/rc.local
# Remount sda1 with noatime
/bin/echo "Remounting /dev/sda1 with noatime"
/bin/mount -o remount,rw,noatime /dev/sda1
There are no doubt many optware packages that will stop a disk spinning
down. The ps command should give a list of the modules loaded.