Monitoring floppy disk access - linux

Joe Oppegaard joe at
Wed Jun 5 16:34:45 CDT 2002

On Wed, 5 Jun 2002, Tom Phoenix wrote:

> I can't figure out why you'd want such a thing. But I'm not just saying
> that; it has a direct bearing on what you really want: Do you want to know
> what percentage of the time the disk is spinning, how many hours (or
> rotations) a particular diskette or drive motor has turned, how many
> sector reads have happened altogether or in the last hour or since
> mounting, or something else?
> You may be able to get something like what you want with lsof, but you're
> probably talking about something that you could only get by hacking into
> the floppy drivers (or something equally low-level). That is to say, if
> you need to know about something that depends upon whether or not the
> cache was read or not, something at the caching level is going to be
> needed, of course. But something tells me that you already thought of
> that.
> Hm. There seeems to be something of an echo in here. Or something.  :-)

Agh! That messed with my eyes. ;) I actually wanted to monitor how many 
hours a drive has been used, but it's not too important. Probably be 
more effort then it is worth.

-Joe Oppegaard


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