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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 seeked 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

       -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/’.


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

       2.     This section lacks a few smileys.

See Also

       Fdutils’ texinfo doc