diskseek(1) disk seek daemon; simulates Messy Dos' drive cleaning effect

Other Alias



This manpage has been automatically generated from fdutils's texinfo documentation. However, this process is only approximative, and some items, such as cross-references, 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 commands:
    ./configure; make dvi; dvips fdutils.dvi

To generate a HTML copy, run:
    ./configure; make html

  A pre-made HTML can be found at: http://www.tux.org/pub/knaff/fdutilsIntegral
To generate an info copy (browsable using emacs' info mode), run:
    ./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.


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/fd0Integral) is sought.
-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.pidIntegral.


Other aspects of Messy Dos' flakiness are not simulated.
This section lacks a few smileys.

See Also

Fdutils' texinfo doc