strace crond, and you'll see it wakes up once a minute to stat /etc/crontab,
/etc/cron.d and /var/spool/cron to look if anything changed.
This prevents the disk from ever spinning down when the system is otherwise idle.
If crond used inotify to find out that these files/dirs changed, it wouldn't
have to keep waking up at all.
Thanks for comment, I'm working on it in upstream and I'm planning after some
testing push it to rawhide.
How's this work coming? This is a very small contributor to unnecessary wakeups,
and with relatime it no longer keeps disks spun up either, but every little
helps, especially in core features like the cron daemon that can't really be
I agree with you that's important feature.
I rewrote the essential part of code, but there are still some features, options
which don't work yet.
I'm not sure if I make it to F-9 release, because I definitely don't want push
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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