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       diskseek, diskseekd - disk seek daemon; simulates Messy Dos' drive cleaning effect


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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') 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


       1.     Other aspects of Messy Dos' flakiness are not simulated.

       2.     This section lacks a few smileys.

See Also

       Fdutils' texinfo doc