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Dec
11
answered How can my HDD swap without a swap partition?
Dec
11
answered what does a “deleted file” entry look like in the journal
Dec
11
comment what does a “deleted file” entry look like in the journal
Nothing you mention here has anything to do with the journal. What you are seeing with filefrag is the delayed allocation feature in effect. The kernel doesn't allocate the blocks until it goes to write the data to the disk. At the time you run filefrag, the data is still sitting in the cache, so the kernel hasn't decided where it is going to put it yet.
Dec
10
comment Owner of init and xterm
How about taking a look and see for yourself? ( ps, top, etc )
Dec
9
comment fdisk vs parted
You can use a >2TB disk in a 32 bit system just fine.
Nov
30
comment Gaussian, which is run with nohup on remote linux machine, gets killed when the local computer is powered down before the shell is exited
What shell and system are you using?
Nov
11
comment Does a bad sector indicate a failing disk?
@MrNorm, please add the full smartctl -a output to your question.
Nov
10
answered Does a bad sector indicate a failing disk?
Nov
9
comment How to increase the timer before drive spins-down?
The spin up is clearly expected after the disk has spin down. The question is specifically asking why it spins down sooner than he requested with hdparm. Laptop-mode-tools just runs hdparm for you, so the only reason to mention laptop-mode-tools is to remind the OP to make sure they did not install it and configure it for the shorter interval, and it is changing the setting after he uses hdparm. Also the kernel laptop mode setting does not make the disk spin up slower; it lets it spin down by flushing all of the dirty pages at once and stop rather than trickling every few seconds.
Nov
7
comment How to increase the timer before drive spins-down?
The answer is incorrect since setting it to zero will not change how soon the drive spins down after the last access, and that is what the question is about. Also the value is not 1 for true, but the number of seconds after the last access that all dirty pages should be flushed, and is usually set to 2.
Nov
6
comment How to increase the timer before drive spins-down?
@digital_infinity, I down voted because setting laptop_mode to zero will not keep the disk from spinning down.
Nov
6
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Oct
12
answered Rings and run levels
Oct
9
comment How can I partition a volume in a regular file without loop?
@peterph, it works, but it's (slightly) less efficient since it creates a linear device-mapper device stacked on top of the loop device. Better to rely on the kernel's native partitioning support via partx, partprobe, or parted's native handling.
Oct
8
comment How can I partition a volume in a regular file without loop?
Loop devices sure do support partitions, which is why partx, parted, and partprobe can activate them. kpartx is for activating partitions on device-mapper devices ( by creating another dm device ), since they don't natively support partitions.
Oct
8
answered How can I partition a volume in a regular file without loop?
Oct
7
comment Is Linux bad at handling misbehaving programs?
@jsbillings, less efficient how? You'll need to back that statement up a bit. About the only use of having swap on a system that isn't pushing memory beyond its limits is to regain maybe a few mb of ram by swapping out data that isn't ever actually used so you won't notice the slowdown when it is ( not ) swapped back in.
Oct
6
answered I've wiped my partition table using gparted, is there a way to recover my partition?
Oct
6
comment Using a custom name for root device in GRUB
2.4? Jesus, that's almost 10 years old!
Oct
6
comment Is Linux bad at handling misbehaving programs?
Yep, this is why swap is an anachronism best not used these days. Over the years everything else has become larger and faster and disks just have not kept up. Swap is SLOOOOOOOW.