[LAD] [OT] bash vs disk activity
pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Tue Oct 9 11:58:40 UTC 2007
On Tue, 2007-10-09 at 13:11 +0200, Lars Luthman wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-10-09 at 14:02 +0300, Sampo Savolainen wrote:
> > Quoting Patrick Shirkey <pshirkey at boosthardware.com>:
> > > For example if I transfer 200mb to a usb disk the copy command takes
> > > about 30 seconds before it returns and the data takes about 5 minutes
> > > before it is actually finished being transferred and the device is
> > > unmountable.
> > quick-hack(tm)
> > (cp -a /xxx /usb_device && sync) &
> > But remember sync flushes _everything_.
> Slightly-slower-hack: add the 'sync' option to whatever script or config
> file is used to mount the device (/etc/fstab, udev rules, KDE service
> menu etc). That way all writes will be synchronised automatically.
Thanks everyone for the quick replies.
I mounted with mount -o sync /dev/sdb1
and now a 2 minute transfer takes 8 minutes.
Does anyone have a script for monitoring with iostat or vmstat while in
I'm thinking a bash equivalent to the disk monitor on gkrellm which
allows me to know when a transfer has completed.
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