The quick version: I want to point my '/volume1/Plex/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/Logs/' directory to a black hole, so nothing gets written to it. Is there a way to do this? Will it stop Plex from keeping my hard drives spinning all day?
The long version:
I'm running a Synology NAS with lots of movies etc. I was using Synology's "DS Video" app on my Roku TV, which worked great until I started ripping my blu-rays with DTS audio. Unfortunately, DS Video can't play DTS audio for whatever reason. To make matters worse, DS Video is going to be discontinued on Roku TVs as of 12/31/2018 (according to the support rep who got back to me about the audio issue).
So I'm back to using Plex, which I stopped using months ago because it has a god-awful "feature" where it writes to log files on a regular basis, because stupid. See this, this, and this for just a few examples of people who don't like this "feature", with Plex basically refusing to change it.
Because Plex writes to the log files so often, my hard drives never spin down. When Plex is disabled, the disks spin down and stay nice and quiet until I need the NAS.
So I'm in the same boat as other Plex users who don't want Plex spinning up the drives all day. Is there a way to point the log directory that Plex uses to a black hole, like /dev/null or something? Will this allow the drives to spin down?
Other notes / disclaimers:
- I know that NAS hard disks are perfectly ok with spinning all day long. I don't care. They make noise and I want them quiet until I need them. I don't need them often, so at most I might spin them up once a day.
- FWIW I'm using two Seagate 10TB IronWolf Pro drives.
- I don't care about the log files or Plex's reasoning for wanting them enabled.