Re: HDD power states + kernel

From: Daniel Kobras (
Date: Sat Jun 08 2002 - 13:29:45 EST

On Fri, Jun 07, 2002 at 02:05:05PM -0700, Mukesh Rajan wrote:
> i need to implement powering down of the Hard Disk in the linux kernel. i
> understand that using "hdparm" i could set a timeout and power down the
> HDD after a certain idle time.
> but then HDD has 4 power states and instead of powering down to the lowest
> power state, i would like to power down one state at a time based on
> certain timeout values.
> i'm not sure where to start with this. would i have to play around with
> "llrwblk.c"? and what would i have to do here in order to monitor disk
> inactivity (idleness)? or should i look into APM stuff?

The various standby modes of IDE disks are exported to userland via
ioctl()s (WIN_STANDBYNOW* and friends). For a userland solution see A first stab at a kernel
implementation was recently posted by Andrew Morton to linux-kernel
(June 4th, look out for "laptop mode"). Neither code makes use of
multiple power states, but you could start hacking from there.


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