[svlug] Spinning down a SCSI disk

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Fri Jul 11 18:29:16 PDT 2008

begin norm at dad.org quotation of Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 06:02:56PM -0700:
> Karen Shaeffer <shaeffer at neuralscape.com> writes:
> >On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 02:13:59PM -0700, norm at dad.org wrote:
> >> Greg Lindahl <lindahl at pbm.com> writes:
> >> >
> >> >Check out hdparm.
> >> >
> >> Thank you. But my reading of the hdparm page strong suggests that it only
> >> supports spin down for IDE drives.
> >
> >Hi,
> >http://sg.torque.net/sg/sdparm.html
> >Might do the trick.
> This would seem to be exactly what I need.
> My only problem is that I would have to run the program as root, and I don't
> know anything about how trustworthy that site is. Can somebody advise me?

Best not to install software from random sites, even
if they are the original sources of the software.
If you install software from lots of different
sources, that's lots of sources of security updates
to track.

Can you check your distribution's package manager to
see if sdparm is available?  If so, it should be one
click or command to install.  On Debian or Ubuntu,
the command to search is:

apt-cache search sdparm

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