HDD constantly going

Paul Sladen ubuntu at paul.sladen.org
Wed Apr 12 00:32:01 BST 2006

On Sat, 8 Apr 2006, Bruce Muirhead wrote:
> If it can't be fixed, I will certainly be ceasing using ubuntu and going
> to a distro which doesn't cause constant HDD activity, so I really would
> like to get some ideas as I don't want to use another linux!

The writes every 5 seconds are the result of the journalled ext3 filesystem.

If it is continuous, *continious* hard-disk usage, it is likely
reading/writing swap as a result of not having enough real memory.

How much RAM do you have in the machine?  What does the output of:

  $ free -m


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