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SubjectRe: faster boots?
On Mon, 8 Apr 2002, Richard Gooch wrote:

> Bill Davidsen writes:
> > On Sun, 7 Apr 2002, Richard Gooch wrote:
> >
> >
> > > But I *want* to write while the drive is spun down. And leave it spun
> > > down until the system is RAM starved (or some threshold is reached).
> >
> > The threshold I hit is how much think time I want to risk. I have
> > no problem spinning down the drive after inactivity, but the idea of
> > investing several hours making little changes in a program or
> > proposal document and then maybe losing them... batteries are just
> > not that expensive.
> It's not $$$ I'm concerned about. It's mass.

The "I" in my posting referred to my personal preference which is safety
over what to me is a minor inconvenience.

After looking at disk accesses for a while I *think* diddling bdflush
parameters will prevent disk writes for quite a while if you don't do
reads of uncached data. So far I'm just catting /proc/partitions once a
minute and doing a diff to the previous. looks like a write every ten
minutes or so, what I set in bdflush, probably of syslog mumbling, since
the system is relatively quiescent at the moment.

Does anyone have a thought on power consumption of flash chips? I have a
20MB compact flash I use as an auxilary backup for critical stuff, "just
in case" and I bet I could put enough on a 64MB to keep the hard drive
spun down for hours, if I were interested in doing so.

bill davidsen <>
CTO, TMR Associates, Inc
Doing interesting things with little computers since 1979.

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