On Thu, 2007-11-01 at 02:00 +1030, Tim wrote: > Tim: > >> The head's cycled a around 500 times since three hours and forty-five > >> minutes ago, and it's been running off mains power (so not battery save > >> features should have been doing their thing). > > Alan Cox: > > If you want to change your drive behaviour from the vendor supplied > > defaults see "man hdparm" > > I have. But what you have is an abstract range of numbers which apply > some sort of power management, but without any definition of what those > numbers mean, other than more or less power management. You don't get > something like - if the drive has been idle for five minutes, or X > seconds, you can get the drive to park the head. > Isn't that the Manufacturers responsibility to provide those details? > If you did, it'd be easy to set the drive to be kept awake by at least > the minimum time period that something happened on Fedora (e.g. if it > reads configuration files, or writes logs, once every two minutes, you'd > make the drive stay awake unless left idle for 5 minutes, and not have > the thing going on and off like a pendulum clock with a very slow > period). > > -- > (This computer runs FC7, my others run FC4, FC5 & FC6, in case that's > important to the thread.) > > Don't send private replies to my address, the mailbox is ignored. > I read messages from the public lists.