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Spindown is a daemon to spin down idle disks and thus save energy and give the disks a longer lifetime. It also works with USB disks and hot-swappable disks because it uses the device ID to identify the disk instead of the device name (such as hda or sdb). This means that it doesn't matter if the disk is swapped while the daemon is running.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  18 Apr 2009 16:45

    Release Notes: Two bugs with displaying the status were fixed. A security issue was fixed. An extra feature was added that lets you execute the spindown command even when the disk is already idle.

    •  23 Feb 2009 00:23

      Release Notes: Spindown no longer uses multiple threads, and the init script now uses Linux Standard Base functions.

      •  08 Sep 2008 14:14

        Release Notes: The command configuration options now expect the whole command to execute and not just only the parameters. It still defaults to "sg_start --stop". Gentoo init scripts were added. The FIFO is removed when shutting down the program.

        •  25 May 2008 21:33

          Release Notes: Optional logging through syslog has been added, and this release automatically reloads stats every time they are requested.

          •  04 May 2008 20:57

            Release Notes: Now you can set the spindown time for every individual disk, and reload the settings by sending a SIGHUP to spindownd.


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