[CentOS] Drive activity every 30sec

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Tue Jul 8 00:14:51 UTC 2008

Craig White wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-07-07 at 18:35 -0400, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
>> I have a Centos installed on a Hitachi 2.5" drive that shuts off really 
>> quickly, it seems.
>> So every 30 sec, the drive makes the sound of an access activity.  I 
>> have looked trying to find what might be being updated.  Swap drive 
>> usage is 0 bytes.  No activity in /var/log.  What might it be and can I 
>> do anything to lessen the drive access (improve battery life)?
> ----
> don't use a journalled filesystem (ext3)
there is a bit to be said about that for a notebook.  Particularly if 
you separate /home to its own partition.  I mean why is /boot a ext3 
partition in Centos install?  Why not ext2.  Perhaps / could be too.  
but would you want to put /var/log on a journalling partition?  I guess 
there have been flames all over the place on these default decisions.

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