[ubuntu-uk] Launchpad and the Slashdot effect
darren at vcoc.co.uk
Tue Oct 30 23:17:39 GMT 2007
Dougie Richardson wrote:
> Hi Alan,
> On Tue, 2007-10-30 at 16:34 -0400, Alan Pope wrote:
>> Which has been all over planet ubuntu for about a week or so. Slashdot
>> is quite behind on this topic.
> Slashdot has a much wider audience, many of whom are anti-Linux, in fact
> many who are anti-Ubuntu. My concern isn't the bug, in fact I've seen
> all the links you gave. Actually I have even worked it out and blogged
> about it in my case (http://blog.lynxworks.eu) in preparation for posts
> appearing in the forums. I have to say that I don't think it's an issue,
> as I'm inclined to be more concerned about start/stop cycles.
> I understand the issue, I just wanted to draw attention to what could
> possibly have much mileage made of it by those who seek to spread FUD.
I am actually slightly concerned by this. I bought a new drive for my
laptop a while ago and because of the continual clicking I told the
vendor it was faulty. Never got round to sending it back but bought
another one. Same thing with this one. So I read a bit about laptop-mode
and thought its obviously a new kernel feature or something that saves
power and its normal to click.
I've gotten used to the clicking so I don't hear it any more. Until
reading the various blogs and stuff I realised it is clicking every few
seconds. So I disabled power management on the drive by using hdparm -B
255 /dev/sda and the clickings gone...
Sometimes when I'm watching a video streaming over my network I hear the
drive just turn off completely and the laptop is silent. That made me
think everything was fine as the drive doesn't get used when its just
So am I right in thinking the load cycle has been pre-set by Maxtor (the
drive manufacturer) and that the main problem is that something in
Ubuntu is waking it a bit too often? My LoadCycle equates to 71 per hour
which is over 1 per minute. Nothing major to worry about but the
clicking is bugging me again. I've set the drive back to 1 for APM and
the clicking is about what it was before.
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