Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 849436
Power manager does not spin down hard drives.
Last modified: 2013-07-31 18:40:21 EDT
Description of problem:
xfce4-power-manager-settings has a setting called "Spin down hard disks". This feature used to work as expected putting drives into 'standby' mode after some period of inactivity. After some F17 updates (not known which) this features has ceased to work and inactive drives report (using 'hdparm -C ...') state as active/idle.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Using xfce4-power-manager-settings select "Spin down hard disks" in the "On AC" tab.
2. Wait, Then examine the status of inactive drives with "hdparm -C /dev/sdX"
drive state is: active/idle
Something like this is expected,
drive state is: standby
I have reports that the comparable feature in Gnome's power manager also fails similarly.
This feature worked as expected in the initial F17 installation and for some time after, but apparently ceased to function after some update.
The drive can be demonstrated to be truly inactive by manually setting it to standby with a command like "hdparm -S 12 /dev/sdc" then waiting to required time and examining the state.
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