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SubjectRe: Eradic disk access during reads
On Sat, Sep 17, 2005 at 07:26:11AM +0300, Al Boldi wrote:
> Monitoring disk access using gkrellm, I noticed that a command like
>
> cat /dev/hda > /dev/null
>
> shows eradic disk reads ranging from 0 to 80MB/s on an otherwise idle system.
>
> 1. Is this a hardware or software problem?

Difficult to tell without more info. Can be a broken IDE disk or defective
ribbon.

> 2. Is there a lightweight perf-mon tool (cmd-line) that would log this
> behaviour graphically?

You can do " readspeed </dev/hda | tr '\r' '\n' > log " with the readspeed
tool from there :
http://w.ods.org/tools/readspeed
Then you just have to graph $6 (kB/s) versus $1 (bytes read). There may
be other tools which do all this automatically though.

Regards,
Willy

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