Monitoring floppy disk access - linux

Joe Oppegaard joe at
Wed Jun 5 15:02:22 CDT 2002

I've been trying to find a way to monitor whenever the floppy disk is 
actually being accessed under linux. I don't mean just when it is 
mounted, I mean more like when it is actually read. (ie, the first time 
you do an ls, but not if you did two ls's in a row and it just read it 
from memory the second time). I'm trying to calculate the time that my 
floppy drive is actually in use.

I don't even know where to start looking for this answer. Unless 
I missed something, Gkrellm doesn't seem to be able to monitor 
disk activity from the floppy, or else I could extract the information 
from there somehow. 

Any ideas?

-Joe Oppegaard


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