Re: Disk access every 5 seconds prevents spindown.
- FWIW, I have a 500GB WD MyBook Premium (USB+Firewire) and it also does
NOT spindown using unslung 6.8 + Andreas' script (rc.bootbin) +
noatime script (rc.local). The slug also accesses the drive about
every 5 seconds and it doesn't matter if the drive has been natively
formatted by the slug, formatted in a Linux machine, or NTFS formatted
However, using unslung 5.5 and the other two scripts, the drive WILL
spindown after 10 minutes as expected. I'm sticking to 5.5 until a
solution for 6.8 is found.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Mat <mat@...> wrote:
> I can confirm that doing what you're doing (using Andreas's script and
> the noatime script) on an unslung 6.8 slug, and getting same results as
> you for the cat /proc/mounts and the mount commands ('cept I'm sda not
> sdb), something is accessing the disk every 5 or so seconds.
> I've got a western digital mybook, with the circular disk access lights
> on, so it's easy to see when it's being accessed. I am running quite a
> bit on my slug at the moment though, and my next round of testing is to
> disable everything and start up the services one by one.
> jinnan_tonnix wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I'm having trouble getting my drive to spin down. It seems it's being
> > accessed every 5 seconds by the journalling system.
> > I've used Andreas's script and the 'noatime' script to remount var and
> > dev in memory rather than disk, and to set the 'noatime' flag on
> > Could someone check their system to see if they get the same result?
> > Thanks. Please post back!
> > 'cat /proc/mounts' shows:
> > # cat /proc/mounts
> > rootfs / rootfs rw 0 0
> > /dev/root /initrd jffs2 rw 0 0
> > /dev/sdb1 / ext3 rw,noatime 0 0
> > /proc /proc proc rw 0 0
> > usbdevfs /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs rw 0 0
> > /dev/sdb1 /dev.state ext3 rw,noatime 0 0
> > ramfs /dev ramfs rw 0 0
> > /dev/sdb1 /var.state ext3 rw,noatime 0 0
> > ramfs /var ramfs rw 0 0
> > /dev/sdb1 /share/hdd/data ext3 rw,noatime 0 0
> > /dev/sdb2 /share/hdd/conf ext3 rw,noatime 0 0
> > 'Mount' shows
> > # mount
> > /dev/sdb1 on /initrd type jffs2 (rw)
> > /dev/sdb1 on / type ext3 (rw,noatime)
> > /proc on /proc type proc (rw)
> > usbdevfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbdevfs (rw)
> > /dev/sdb1 on /dev.state type ext3 (rw,noatime)
> > ramfs on /dev type ramfs (rw)
> > /dev/sdb1 on /var.state type ext3 (rw,noatime)
> > ramfs on /var type ramfs (rw)
> > /dev/sdb1 on /share/hdd/data type ext3 (rw,noatime)
> > /dev/sdb2 on /share/hdd/conf type ext3 (rw,noatime)
- On 11/15/07, Tomas Holmén <tomas.holmen@...> wrote:
>Presumably the disk access is caused by the journaling ext3 file
> I had the same problem, i solved it by unslung to a usb stick and
> not the disk.
> rgrds Tomas
> On Nov 14, 2007 2:12 AM, tangbotu <tangbotu@...> wrote:
> > Could anyone PLEASE summarize the solution here? I'm struggling
> > with this not-spinning-down problem. I have Unslung 6.8 unslung
> > to a WD MyBook on port 2. This thread seems to suggest this
> > problem is solvable but various processes are responsible for
> > accessing the disk. What are these processes? How to clean them
> > up neatly?
system, which refreshes its journal every 5 seconds by default. One
possible solution would be to put the journal on another (flash)
You can do this with the -J option to tune2fs.
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