Bug 44666 - Be kind to laptop users -- don't constantly write to drive
Be kind to laptop users -- don't constantly write to drive
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kudzu (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Aaron Brown
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Depends On: 44665
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Reported: 2001-06-15 01:00 EDT by Bryce Nesbitt
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:21 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-02-04 17:44:35 EST
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Description Bryce Nesbitt 2001-06-15 01:00:03 EDT
Hard drives use a lot of power, which is an issue on laptops.  RedHat 7.1
is not ideal on laptops -- the drive never gets a chance to spin down for
very long.  Something writes to the disk.  I've fixed this on my system,
and suggest RedHat does the same by default.

I suggest that RH make two small modifications for a "laptop" install.

The second is in /etc/fstab.  Add the "noatime" option.  For a laptop the
small loss of functionality is well worth the additional spin down time,
lower power consumption, noise reduction and lowered danger (of disk
Comment 1 Bryce Nesbitt 2001-06-15 01:01:18 EDT
See also bug #44665
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2001-06-17 22:08:25 EDT
(fixing version)

To do this as part of a laptop install class, this would need to be done in the
Comment 3 Bryce Nesbitt 2001-06-17 22:31:39 EDT
After doing the laptop, I changed my desktops to match.  Somebody must want
"atime", or it would not be there, but I can't think of any use for a personal
Comment 4 Matt Wilson 2001-07-20 16:22:34 EDT
deferred; not on feature list
Comment 5 Michael Fulbright 2001-09-17 17:33:48 EDT
Seems like a kudzu issue.
Comment 6 Bryce Nesbitt 2001-09-17 18:08:47 EDT
Kudzu?  Seems like a system defaults or laptop-class installation issue.

Comment 7 Bill Nottingham 2005-02-04 17:44:35 EST
Closing out bugs on older, no longer supported releases. Apologies for any lack
of response. Please attempt to confirm with more recent releases.

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