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Re: "Jane!!! Stop this crazy thing!!!"



Thx Ed.

I check out all the messages in the threads for the links you sent.  

One message stated clearly:  "Well, turns out the interchange service was causing constant i/o.  I
stop it and the hard drives quit accessing every five seconds. Ext3 is _not_ the culprit."

The message was from 2001.  I googled for "linux interchange stop", but I did not see anything
that  gave me clear instructions on stopping this process.  Maybe there is a script somewhere that
needs to be altered?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Mike




--- Ed Hill <ed eh3 com> wrote:

> On Thu, 2006-05-04 at 09:21 -0700, Mike Duffy wrote:
> > Can anyone please explain to me why my hard drive continuously cycles every three to five
> seconds,
> > even when I am not doing anything?  This is incredibly annoying.
> > 
> > I am using FC-4.  Does anyone know if this bug (please don't tell me it is a feature) has been
> > fixed in FC-5?  Does anyone know if there are any other Linux distributions that do not have
> this
> > bug?
> > 
> > Is there any way to turn this activity off, by killing a process, etc.?  If anyone can help me
> > solve this I promise to buy you your favorite beverage if you are ever in Austin. 
> 
> Hi Mike,
> 
> If you google for ext3 and "5 seconds" you'll see that there are a
> number of things going on behind the scenes and one of them is a
> 5-second commit interval for ext3.  You can set a longer commit interval
> but that doesn't solve the root cause which is one or more programs that
> keep writing (potentially very small bits of information) to the disk
> even when the system is supposedly quiescent.
> 
> See the thread at:
> 
> https://www.redhat.com/archives/roswell-list/2001-October/msg00060.html
> https://www.redhat.com/archives/roswell-list/2001-October/msg00061.html
> 
> and try google for more details.
> 
> Ed
> 
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