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Old 01-14-2003, 11:51 AM   #1
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Hard Drive continues running


I am running Red Hat Linux 8.0. At times the hard drive will start running for no reason at all and continue to run for 5 to 10 minutes. I am not doing anything to the machine. It is just sitting there. What is it doing?
 
Old 01-14-2003, 11:52 AM   #2
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It's writing to the syslog.
 
Old 01-14-2003, 11:57 AM   #3
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what does the syslog do?
 
Old 01-14-2003, 12:10 PM   #4
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Writes info to files like /var/log/messages about what's going on in youru system. Errors get reported here, events (eg: plugging in a USB device).

Have a look at it with 'tail /var/log/messages'' to see the last 10 lines. (You can use tail -N to see the lat N lines as in tail -100 /var/log/messages)
 
Old 01-14-2003, 12:10 PM   #5
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It um.. logs all the goings on in your system

cat /var/log/messages
cat /var/log/secure
cat /var/log/<other files are here>

Take a looksee..

Slick.
 
Old 01-14-2003, 02:24 PM   #6
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my linux teacher also said that when it does that it's running some routine file system maintenance scheduled in cron... a few months back I noticed it would do the same thing occasionally.
 
  


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