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What is elive doing with my HD

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What is elive doing with my HD
August 07, 2007 12:47AM
Hi.

One ( or more ) processes are always working on my harddisk. Does anyone know which processes this are and what they do ?

Manni
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 07, 2007 01:35AM
try ps aux
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 07, 2007 02:12AM
Hi TravMan63.
Thanks for the answer.
But what can i see then ?
I cannot see any process with STAT 'D'.

So, how can i find out who is working on the HD ?

Thanks
Manni
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 09, 2007 07:12PM
Open a xterm and enter top
then you see the output and if you need to kill a proces (in case it isn't responding or something) just enter k and the number off the proces wich troubles, that should do.
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 10, 2007 01:43AM
Hi ElonGlasb.
Thanks.
I know how to handle top.
I want to know who is writing/reading on my HD at the moment. I hear the disk is aktive but i cannot see who is accessing it.
That's what i want to know.
Best regards
Manni
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 11, 2007 06:20AM
Hmm, is your HD excessively in use? In that case it could be that it should be optimized.
Maybe you could surf the web for hdparm.
In my laptop I can hear the hard disk also working frequently but it isn't excessive.

I must admit that I don't know how to find out witch process exactly is using your hard disk and by witch user there is a command who witch shows the logged user on your system but that isn't what you mean I guess, you could try man ps or man top and see if there is a more precise way to see what's going on on your system.
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 15, 2007 07:35AM
The reiserFS filesystem, which elive defaults to, pretty much constantly accesses the harddrive. Granted reiserFS is superior speed-wise to ext3, but it does churn your harddrive.
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 16, 2007 10:45AM
How often does this happen? Have you let it just keep running when you heard this? I thought someone was accessing my hd the first time updatedb ran to update its database. The hard drive sound like someone was copying the whole thing.


God Bless,
LinuxNIT
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 16, 2007 05:31PM
One possible solution could be also that your system has small ammount of ram (less than 512) and machine has to do swapping wich creates a lot read/writes on hd. You should check how much ram and swap you have in use, that can be done with top.
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 19, 2007 07:20PM
@LinuxNIT
I don't know if updatedb was running. I also happens when System is idle.
Is it possible that Enlightenment scans files for changes because changes to the menu-files (.order) have an immediate effect to the system.

@¤wasynyt
No. There is about 3GB of RAM available.

regards
Manni
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 21, 2007 01:38AM
updatedb and other things are running, that' are (daily?) works made by the system, like you have the 'locate' command and stuff

Maybe is better to remove this 'feature' by default of Elive, if anybody want's it, better to install it manually emosmile
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 24, 2007 11:52PM
Hi.
I can't see updatedb running.
this is the output fof ps -ef when i hear the soud off accessing the harddisk
Can anyone see a process which can do this ?
---SNIP-------------------------------------
UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD
root 1 0 0 16:31 ? 00:00:01 init [2]
root 2 1 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [migration/0]
root 3 1 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [ksoftirqd/0]
root 4 1 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [migration/1]
root 5 1 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [ksoftirqd/1]
root 6 1 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [events/0]
root 7 1 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [events/1]
root 8 1 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [khelper]
root 9 1 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [kthread]
root 13 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [kblockd/0]
root 14 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [kblockd/1]
root 15 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [kacpid]
root 133 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [kseriod]
root 177 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [pdflush]
root 178 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [pdflush]
root 179 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [kswapd0]
root 180 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [kprefetchd]
root 181 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [aio/0]
root 182 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [aio/1]
root 333 1 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [kirqd]
root 700 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [khubd]
root 825 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [scsi_eh_0]
root 826 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [usb-storage]
root 917 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [ata/0]
root 918 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [ata/1]
root 919 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [ata_aux]
root 926 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [scsi_eh_1]
root 927 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [scsi_eh_2]
root 928 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [scsi_eh_3]
root 929 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [scsi_eh_4]
root 1212 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [xfslogd/0]
root 1213 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [xfslogd/1]
root 1214 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [xfsdatad/0]
root 1215 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [xfsdatad/1]
root 1217 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [xfsbufd]
root 1218 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [xfssyncd]
root 1401 1 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 udevd --daemon
root 1878 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [kpsmoused]
root 2210 9 0 16:31 ? 00:00:00 [kmirrord]
root 2369 9 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 [kjournald]
root 2371 9 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 [xfsbufd]
root 2372 9 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 [xfssyncd]
daemon 2711 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /sbin/portmap
root 2915 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /sbin/syslogd
root 2923 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /sbin/klogd -x
root 3003 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/acpid -c /etc/acpi/events -s /var/run/acpid.socket
root 3037 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/cupsd
101 3045 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /usr/bin/dbus-daemon --system
102 3053 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:01 /usr/sbin/hald
root 3054 3053 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 hald-runner
102 3060 3054 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-acpi: listening on acpid socket /var/run/acpid.socket
102 3065 3054 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-keyboard: listening on /dev/input/event2
102 3070 3054 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-keyboard: listening on /dev/input/event1
root 3083 3054 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-storage: polling /dev/sde
root 3085 3054 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-storage: polling /dev/sdd
root 3087 3054 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-storage: polling /dev/sdc
root 3089 3054 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-storage: polling /dev/sdb
root 3100 3054 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-storage: polling /dev/hdc
root 3109 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/input/mice -t exps2
root 3164 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/cron
root 3184 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /usr/bin/esd -nobeeps -promiscuous -noterminate -as 1
root 3202 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/entranced
root 3204 3202 3 16:32 tty9 00:00:17 /usr/X11R6/bin/X -quiet -dpi 100 -nolisten tcp vt9 -auth /var/lib/entrance/:0.Xauth :0
root 3226 1 0 16:32 tty1 00:00:00 /sbin/getty 38400 tty1
root 3227 1 0 16:32 tty2 00:00:00 /sbin/getty 38400 tty2
root 3228 1 0 16:32 tty3 00:00:00 /sbin/getty 38400 tty3
root 3229 1 0 16:32 tty4 00:00:00 /sbin/getty 38400 tty4
root 3230 1 0 16:32 tty5 00:00:00 /sbin/getty 38400 tty5
root 3231 1 0 16:32 tty6 00:00:00 /sbin/getty 38400 tty6
root 3232 1 0 16:32 tty7 00:00:00 /sbin/getty 38400 tty7
root 3233 1 0 16:32 tty8 00:00:00 /sbin/getty 38400 tty8
root 3251 3202 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /usr/bin/entrance_login 3279
manni 3279 3251 1 16:32 ? 00:00:08 /usr/bin/enlightenment
manni 3287 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 sh .elxstrt
manni 3289 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 xscreensaver -no-splash
manni 3293 3287 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 ivman --nofork
root 3325 9 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 [scsi_eh_5]
root 3326 9 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 [usb-storage]
root 3358 3054 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-storage: polling /dev/sdf
manni 3429 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 dbus-launch --autolaunch 176419f859d7bb13c0ac4900468ad000 --binary-syntax
manni 3430 1 0 16:32 ? 00:00:00 /usr/bin/dbus-daemon --fork --print-pid 5 --print-address 7 --session
manni 3526 3279 3 16:35 ? 00:00:12 thunar
manni 3529 1 0 16:35 ? 00:00:00 /usr/lib/gamin/gam_server
manni 3577 3279 3 16:36 ? 00:00:10 /usr/lib/iceweasel/firefox-bin -a firefox
manni 3582 1 0 16:36 ? 00:00:00 /usr/lib/libgconf2-4/gconfd-2 21
manni 3693 3279 0 16:40 ? 00:00:00 urxvt
manni 3694 3693 0 16:40 pts/0 00:00:00 bash
manni 3743 3279 1 16:40 ? 00:00:00 urxvt
manni 3744 3743 0 16:40 pts/1 00:00:00 bash
manni 4071 3744 0 16:41 pts/1 00:00:00 ps -ef

---SNIP------------------------------------
Manni
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 25, 2007 11:27PM
One possibility is your ram not to little of it the reverse although Elive does not use a lot it will still build up in the ram usually ram will store up to between 30% - &0% be fore writing to the disc, and this is normal this could be what's happening?
Re: What is elive doing with my HD
August 31, 2007 02:52AM
Hi.
Thanks for your help.

I still don't know why my system did all that, but because of a hardwareproblem ( first i thought it was an softwareproblem) i installed elive again, and the problem is gone.

So.....

Best regards
Manni