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       diskseekd  -  disk  seek  daemon;  simulates  Messy Dos' drive cleaning

Note    [Toc]    [Back]

       This manpage has been automatically generated  from  fdutils's  texinfo
       documentation.	However,  this process is only approximative, and some
       items, such as crossreferences, footnotes and indices are lost in  this
       translation process.  Indeed, these items have no appropriate representation
 in the manpage format.  Moreover, only  the  items  specific  to
       each  command  have  been translated, and the general information about
       fdutils has been dropped in  the  manpage  version.   Thus  I  strongly
       advise you to use the original texinfo doc.

       *      To  generate a printable copy from the texinfo doc, run the following

		     ./configure; make dvi; dvips fdutils.dvi

       *      To generate a html copy,	run:

		     ./configure; make html

	      A      premade	  html	    can       be       found	   at:

       *      To  generate  an	info  copy (browsable using emacs' info mode),

		     ./configure; make info

       The texinfo doc looks most pretty when printed or as html.  Indeed,  in
       the  info  version  certain  examples  are difficult to read due to the
       quoting conventions used in info.

Description    [Toc]    [Back]

       Several people have noticed that Linux has a bad  tendency  of  killing
       floppy  drives.	These  failures  remained completely mysterious, until
       somebody noticed that they were due to huge layers of dust accumulating
       in  the floppy drives. This cannot happen under Messy Dos, because this
       excuse for an operating system is so unstable that it  crashes  roughly
       every  20  minutes  (actually  less  if you are running Windows).  When
       rebooting, the BIOS seeks the drive, and by doing this, it  shakes  the
       dust  out  of  the  drive mechanism. diskseekd simulates this effect by
       seeking the drive periodically.	If it is called as diskseek, the drive
       is seeked only once.

Options    [Toc]    [Back]

       The syntax for diskseekd is as follows:

	  diskseekd [-d drive] [-i interval] [-p pidfile]

       -d drive
	      Selects  the drive to seek.  By default, drive 0 (`/dev/fd0') is

       -i interval
	      Selects the cleaning interval, in seconds.  If the  interval  is
	      0,  a  single seek is done. This is useful when calling diskseek
	      from a crontab.  The default is 1000 seconds (about 16  minutes)
	      for diskseekd and 0 for diskseek.

       -p pidfile
	      Stores  the  process  id	of  the  diskseekd daemon into pidfile
	      instead of the default `/var/run/diskseekd.pid'.

Bugs    [Toc]    [Back]

       1.     Other aspects of Messy Dos' flakiness are not simulated.

       2.     This section lacks a few smileys.

See Also    [Toc]    [Back]

       Fdutils' texinfo doc

fdutils-5.3			    02Jul99			  diskseekd(1)
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