Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 457155
Tomboy wakes up hard disk frecuently
Last modified: 2013-01-09 23:45:18 EST
Description of problem:
Tomboy wakes up hard disk every 20 seconds aproximately. I was researching on
reducing read/write accesses to hard disk when the system is idle, so hard disk
heads remain parked longer.
When running Tomboy (Fedora 9 default Gnome panel configuration), I have three
load/unload cycles per minute. When not running Tomboy, this goes down to one or
less per minute.
iotop has shown me that this command keeps accessing I/O for writing:
mono /usr/lib64/tomboy/Tomboy.exe --panel-applet
New laptop hard disks are designed to park the heads in case of no activity
after a few seconds. The number of seconds is up to the manufacturer. This helps
the laptop consume less power, generate less heat, and resist shock better. A
software program that wakes up the hard disk for read/write operations
frecuently is undesirable in a laptop computer, since this means more
load/unload cycles, thus a shorter hard disk lifespan.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Keep Tomboy running in your panel. In some laptops, like my Dell XPS M1530,
you'll hear constant frecuent clicking of the hard disk as it loads/unloads
heads. This will be heard each 20 seconds aproximately, or even less. Clicking
every 1.5 minutes or more is acceptable.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Put Tomboy in your panel.
2. Run iostat -ob.
3. Watch as Tomboy accesses your hard disk for write operations every 20 seconds
Tomboy should run silently and not wake up the hard disk at regular intervals.
[Tomboy] Writes to disk every 40s : http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=514434
- See Also [mono] ~/.wapi/shared_* updates vs. power savings : https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=434566#c2
Also, similar issue happens in gnome-do.
I think this is the same as bug 454574 Can this be closed as a dupe of that one?
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