diskseek, diskseekd - disk seek daemon; simulates Messy Dos' drive cleaning
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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 sought only once.
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')
- -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'.
- Other aspects of Messy Dos' flakiness are not
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