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    SubjectRe: [rfc] "laptop mode"
    Andrew Morton wrote:
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    > Here's a patch which is designed to make the kernel play more nicely
    > with portable computers.

    I just had a brainwave. The following text has been added...


    Aside: there is another reason why disks spin up more often than
    necessary: an application has only read a part of a file, and it needs
    to fetch more of that file later on. This commonly happens with the
    pagein of executables. To fix this you can increase the readahead
    tunable of your disk drive to something enormous (say, one gigabyte):

    blockdev --setra 2097152 /dev/hda

    Once this is done, the readahead code will effectively read entire
    files into memory when the application attempts to read just a small
    part of that file. So later access to other parts of that file will
    not require another spinup.


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