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SubjectRe: Linux 2.6.29
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On Fri, Apr 03, 2009 at 11:05:04AM -0400, Mark Lord wrote:
> I wonder if the problem with your system is really a Myth/driver issue?

Could be. That is the point of the box after all.

> Curiously, I have a HVR-1600 card here, and when recording analog TV with
> it the disk lights are on constantly. The problem with it turns out to
> be mythbackend doing fsync() calls ten times a second.

But why would anticipatory help that?

> My other tuner cards don't have this problem.
>
> So perhaps the PVR-500 triggers the same buggy behaviour as the HVR-1600?
> To work around it here, I decided to use a preload library that replaces
> the frequent fsync() calls with a more moderated behaviour:
>
> http://rtr.ca/hvr1600/libfsync.tar.gz
>
> Grab that file and try it out. Instructions are included within.
> Report back again and let us know if it makes any difference.

I can have a try at that. I will see how cfq behaves with that installed.

> Someday I may try and chase down the exact bug that causes mythbackend
> to go fsyncing berserk like that, but for now this workaround is fine.

Well if it is the real cause of the bad behaviour then it would certainly
be good to track down.

--
Len Sorensen


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