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Old 08-26-2007, 10:41 PM   #1
arnuld
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unknown hard-disk access


my hard-disk is getting accessed and i don't know what program is eating it up. even when i am not doing anything on my computer, the hard-disk is still getting eaten-up daily, around 2 times everyday. I am using Arch (Duke). these are some outputs of my terminal:


[arnuld@arch ~] $ ls /etc/cron.daily/
logrotate* shadow*
[arnuld@arch ~] $ ls /etc/cron.weekly/
updatedb* whatis*
[arnuld@arch ~] $



-------- when the unknown program access hard-disk ---------------
----------------- ( the abnormal state) -------------------------
[arnuld@arch ~] $ ps -aux
Warning: bad ps syntax, perhaps a bogus '-'? See http://procps.sf.net/faq.html
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
root 1 0.2 0.0 1592 532 ? Ss 09:00 0:00 init [3]
root 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kthreadd]
root 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [migration/0]
root 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? SN 09:00 0:00 [ksoftirqd/0]
root 5 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [watchdog/0]
root 6 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [events/0]
root 7 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [khelper]
root 31 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kblockd/0]
root 32 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kacpid]
root 33 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kacpi_notify]
root 138 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kseriod]
root 160 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 09:00 0:00 [pdflush]
root 161 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 09:00 0:00 [pdflush]
root 162 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kswapd0]
root 163 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [aio/0]
root 298 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [ata/0]
root 299 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [ata_aux]
root 303 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [scsi_eh_0]
root 305 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [scsi_eh_1]
root 321 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [scsi_eh_2]
root 323 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [scsi_eh_3]
root 1103 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kjournald]
root 1136 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [ksuspend_usbd]
root 1139 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [khubd]
root 1155 0.2 0.0 1780 600 ? S<s 09:00 0:00 /sbin/udevd --daemon
root 1712 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kgameportd]
root 3961 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kpsmoused]
root 5468 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:01 0:00 [kjournald]
root 5469 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:01 0:00 [kjournald]
root 5512 0.0 0.0 2212 776 ? Ss 09:01 0:00 /usr/sbin/syslog-ng
root 5537 0.0 0.0 1624 536 ? S 09:01 0:00 /usr/sbin/crond
root 5550 0.0 0.1 5120 1812 ? Ss 09:01 0:00 /usr/sbin/cupsd
root 5553 0.0 0.1 2340 1136 tty1 Ss 09:01 0:00 /bin/login --
root 5554 0.0 0.0 1592 500 tty2 Ss+ 09:01 0:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 vc/2 linux
root 5555 0.0 0.0 1592 500 tty3 Ss+ 09:01 0:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 vc/3 linux
root 5556 0.0 0.0 1588 496 tty4 Ss+ 09:01 0:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 vc/4 linux
root 5557 0.0 0.0 1588 496 tty5 Ss+ 09:01 0:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 vc/5 linux
root 5558 0.0 0.0 1588 492 tty6 Ss+ 09:01 0:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 vc/6 linux
arnuld 5569 0.0 0.2 5332 2544 tty1 S 09:01 0:00 -bash
arnuld 5581 0.0 0.1 4496 1400 tty1 S+ 09:01 0:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/startx -nolisten tcp
arnuld 5597 0.0 0.0 2572 716 tty1 S+ 09:01 0:00 xinit xterm -nolisten tcp -- -auth /home/arnuld/.serverauth.
root 5598 5.1 1.4 16732 13672 tty7 S<s+ 09:01 0:10 X :0 -auth /home/arnuld/.serverauth.5581
arnuld 5629 0.0 0.1 4792 1836 tty1 S 09:01 0:00 wmii
arnuld 5633 0.0 0.1 4500 1440 ? Ss 09:01 0:00 /bin/sh -f /home/arnuld/.wmii-3.5/wmiirc
arnuld 5634 0.0 0.0 4408 516 ? Ss 09:01 0:00 wmii
arnuld 5667 0.0 0.0 4500 820 ? S 09:01 0:00 /bin/sh -f /home/arnuld/.wmii-3.5/wmiirc
arnuld 5691 0.0 0.0 740 184 ? S 09:01 0:00 wmiir read /event
arnuld 5692 0.0 0.0 4500 896 ? S 09:01 0:00 /bin/sh -f /home/arnuld/.wmii-3.5/wmiirc
arnuld 5723 0.0 0.1 4232 1332 ? S 09:01 0:00 /bin/bash /usr/bin/limewire
arnuld 5733 10.1 5.4 235596 52896 ? Sl 09:01 0:19 /opt/java/jre/bin/java -Dorg.apache.commons.logging.Log=org.
arnuld 7235 2.6 0.6 11336 6224 ? S 09:04 0:00 urxvt
arnuld 7236 4.6 0.2 5324 2568 pts/0 Ss 09:04 0:00 -bash
arnuld 7264 0.0 0.0 3076 480 ? S 09:04 0:00 sleep 1
arnuld 7265 0.0 0.1 3560 992 pts/0 R+ 09:04 0:00 ps -aux
[arnuld@arch ~] $


----------- when hard-disk is in normal state -----------------
[arnuld@arch ~] $ ps -aux
Warning: bad ps syntax, perhaps a bogus '-'? See http://procps.sf.net/faq.html
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
root 1 0.1 0.0 1592 532 ? Ss 09:00 0:00 init [3]
root 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kthreadd]
root 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [migration/0]
root 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? SN 09:00 0:00 [ksoftirqd/0]
root 5 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [watchdog/0]
root 6 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [events/0]
root 7 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [khelper]
root 31 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kblockd/0]
root 32 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kacpid]
root 33 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kacpi_notify]
root 138 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kseriod]
root 160 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 09:00 0:00 [pdflush]
root 161 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 09:00 0:00 [pdflush]
root 162 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kswapd0]
root 163 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [aio/0]
root 298 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [ata/0]
root 299 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [ata_aux]
root 303 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [scsi_eh_0]
root 305 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [scsi_eh_1]
root 321 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [scsi_eh_2]
root 323 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [scsi_eh_3]
root 1103 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kjournald]
root 1136 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [ksuspend_usbd]
root 1139 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [khubd]
root 1155 0.1 0.0 1780 600 ? S<s 09:00 0:00 /sbin/udevd --daemon
root 1712 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kgameportd]
root 3961 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:00 0:00 [kpsmoused]
root 5468 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:01 0:00 [kjournald]
root 5469 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 09:01 0:00 [kjournald]
root 5512 0.0 0.0 2212 780 ? Ss 09:01 0:00 /usr/sbin/syslog-ng
root 5537 0.0 0.0 1624 536 ? S 09:01 0:00 /usr/sbin/crond
root 5550 0.0 0.1 5120 1812 ? Ss 09:01 0:00 /usr/sbin/cupsd
root 5553 0.0 0.1 2340 1136 tty1 Ss 09:01 0:00 /bin/login --
root 5554 0.0 0.0 1592 500 tty2 Ss+ 09:01 0:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 vc/2 linux
root 5555 0.0 0.0 1592 500 tty3 Ss+ 09:01 0:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 vc/3 linux
root 5556 0.0 0.0 1588 496 tty4 Ss+ 09:01 0:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 vc/4 linux
root 5557 0.0 0.0 1588 496 tty5 Ss+ 09:01 0:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 vc/5 linux
root 5558 0.0 0.0 1588 492 tty6 Ss+ 09:01 0:00 /sbin/agetty 38400 vc/6 linux
arnuld 5569 0.0 0.2 5332 2544 tty1 S 09:01 0:00 -bash
arnuld 5581 0.0 0.1 4496 1400 tty1 S+ 09:01 0:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/startx -nolisten tcp
arnuld 5597 0.0 0.0 2572 716 tty1 S+ 09:01 0:00 xinit xterm -nolisten tcp -- -auth /home/arnuld/.serverauth.
root 5598 4.0 1.7 20768 17464 tty7 S<s+ 09:01 0:24 X :0 -auth /home/arnuld/.serverauth.5581
arnuld 5629 0.0 0.1 4792 1836 tty1 S 09:01 0:00 wmii
arnuld 5633 0.0 0.1 4500 1440 ? Ss 09:01 0:00 /bin/sh -f /home/arnuld/.wmii-3.5/wmiirc
arnuld 5634 0.0 0.0 4408 516 ? Ss 09:01 0:00 wmii
arnuld 5667 0.0 0.0 4500 820 ? S 09:01 0:00 /bin/sh -f /home/arnuld/.wmii-3.5/wmiirc
arnuld 5691 0.0 0.0 740 184 ? S 09:01 0:00 wmiir read /event
arnuld 5692 0.0 0.0 4500 896 ? S 09:01 0:00 /bin/sh -f /home/arnuld/.wmii-3.5/wmiirc
arnuld 5723 0.0 0.1 4232 1332 ? S 09:01 0:00 /bin/bash /usr/bin/limewire
arnuld 5733 5.2 5.7 234568 55736 ? Sl 09:01 0:30 /opt/java/jre/bin/java -Dorg.apache.commons.logging.Log=org.
arnuld 7626 0.0 0.1 4232 1428 ? S 09:05 0:00 /bin/sh /opt/mozilla/bin/firefox
arnuld 7640 0.0 0.1 4236 1432 ? S 09:05 0:00 /bin/sh /opt/mozilla/lib/firefox-2.0.0.6/run-mozilla.sh /opt
arnuld 7645 4.4 6.3 158900 61172 ? Sl 09:05 0:15 /opt/mozilla/lib/firefox-2.0.0.6/firefox-bin
arnuld 7649 0.0 0.2 5060 2136 ? S 09:05 0:00 /usr/lib/GConf/gconfd-2 13
arnuld 10093 3.5 0.6 11340 6228 ? S 09:11 0:00 urxvt
arnuld 10094 7.0 0.2 5320 2568 pts/0 Ss 09:11 0:00 -bash
arnuld 10122 0.0 0.0 3080 484 ? S 09:11 0:00 sleep 1
arnuld 10123 0.0 0.1 3564 996 pts/0 R+ 09:11 0:00 ps -aux
[arnuld@arch ~] $
 
Old 08-27-2007, 01:18 AM   #2
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What do you mean by "eaten up" "twice a day"? Do you mean your hard drive is getting filled up?

How big is the HD? What do you do in response when your hard drive is "eaten up"?

You are running kde; have you checked your .xsession-errors file(s)?

It is normal for the system to be using the HD whether you are doing things or not; the system does housekeeping.
 
Old 08-27-2007, 02:06 AM   #3
arnuld
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jiml8 View Post
What do you mean by "eaten up" "twice a day"? Do you mean your hard drive is getting filled up?
i mean hard-disk is continuously accessed by some application (not filled up). i can see the red-LED of cabinet glowing continuously for 3-5 minutes, 2 times a day.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jiml8 View Post
How big is the HD? What do you do in response when your hard drive is "eaten up"?
80 GB, and 20 GB is still empty.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jiml8 View Post
You are running kde; have you checked your .xsession-errors file(s)?
no, i am not running KDE. i don't use Desktops, i use WMs, mostly wmii and sometimes StumpWM.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jiml8 View Post
It is normal for the system to be using the HD whether you are doing things or not; the system does housekeeping.
Aha.. that's a nice news and just a few seconds ago, while writing this reply, i found a new reason for this unknown hard-disk access, i never encountered before. i use Limewire to download songs/movies from internet and i noticed that it checks the contents of files being downloaded at some specific intervals of time. so i think that is the unknown thing i was talking about.

BTW, what is the file "shadow" in my "cron.daily" ?

(NOTE: Limewire is the classic example of a copyleft software dependent on a proprietary library, a warning that RMS gave a decade ago)
 
  


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