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SubjectRe: IBM HDAPS things are looking up (was: Re: [Hdaps-devel] Re: [ltp] IBM HDAPS Someone interested? (Accelerometer))
On Thu, Jul 07 2005, Alejandro Bonilla wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > Just for the records....
> > -----
> > root@ecam:~$ ./headpark /dev/hda
> > head not parked 4c
> > -----
> >
> > HDD is a desktop Maxtor Diamond MaxPlus 9 120GB
> > on a Promise Ultra133 TX2 IDE Controller.
> >
> > Well, sure, it's not a notebook HDD, but maybe it's possible
> > to give headpark a more generic way to get the heads parked?
> >
> > Are the commands different per HDD model / manufacturer?
> > Then we might need some information to send the proper
> > commands to the different types?!
> > And if there is no headpark command, might it be valuable to send
> > the HDD a shutdown instead?
> >
> > PS:
> > I'm working on an embedded PowerPC (MPC8540) system which
> > will be turned into a high-resolution portable camera in
> > the future (with acceleration sensors for the right image
> > orientation). Therefore it will likely be another candidate
> > for a Drop'n'Park or Drop'n'Stop (tm) feature as are planning
> > to put a 2.5" notebook HDD into the cam, too.
> >
> > Greets,
> >
> > Clemens Koller
>
> Clemens,
>
> Thanks for bringing this up. We were actually in a conversation about
> this subject in IRC a couple of minutes ago, and this actually came
> up. It would be a good idea to kick this little script into the kernel
> so that people that develop new accelerometers will be able to just
> make the call from the script already in the kernel.

What is needed is to flesh out what the kernel interface should looke
like. I suggested a sysfs file for suspending and resuming access to the
device, if people have other ideas they should voice them.

> How do we go by making this script maybe more broad, or simple so that
> it can be implemented on more devices?

It's a test utility, I just wrote it so people could test. The actual
command used woule be used in the internal implementation. The file
itself holds no other value than for testing purposes.

--
Jens Axboe

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