Bug 44666 - Be kind to laptop users -- don't constantly write to drive
Summary: Be kind to laptop users -- don't constantly write to drive
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kudzu
Version: 7.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact: Aaron Brown
Keywords: FutureFeature
Depends On: 44665
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-06-15 05:00 UTC by Bryce Nesbitt
Modified: 2014-03-17 02:21 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2005-02-04 22:44:35 UTC

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Description Bryce Nesbitt 2001-06-15 05:00:03 UTC
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 05:01:18 UTC
See also bug #44665

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2001-06-18 02:08:25 UTC
(fixing version)

To do this as part of a laptop install class, this would need to be done in the

Comment 3 Bryce Nesbitt 2001-06-18 02:31:39 UTC
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 20:22:34 UTC
deferred; not on feature list

Comment 5 Michael Fulbright 2001-09-17 21:33:48 UTC
Seems like a kudzu issue.

Comment 6 Bryce Nesbitt 2001-09-17 22:08:47 UTC
Kudzu?  Seems like a system defaults or laptop-class installation issue.

Comment 7 Bill Nottingham 2005-02-04 22:44:35 UTC
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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