Re: Laptop mode causing writes to wrong sectors?

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Thu Nov 17 2005 - 17:33:49 EST


> let me start by stating that the following is mainly guessed. I may be
> completely wrong. Still I think you may be interested in my
> observations, and perhaps you already got similar reports?
> On my laptop, running 2.6.14, I'm observing some strange file- and
> filesystem corruptions. First, I thought it may have been caused by an
> ext3 bug because the first corruption I did observe happened shortly
> after an ext3 journal replay.
> I did report this to linux-kernel, but without any helpful response:
> (Subject: ext3 corruption: "JBD: no valid journal superblock found")
> But now, I got another hint pointing to a possible cause of this
> problem: I found a file - /usr/lib/ - which was corrupted
> by 4k of it being overwritten by a different file, which I recognized.
> And that file happened to be an uncompressed manual page.
> As usually the manual pages are only stored compressed, this must have
> happened when I actually did look at that manual page, which causes the
> uncompressed version to be written to a file in /tmp/. And the best is:
> I actually remember when I did read that man page, and it was while the
> notebook ran on battery power, which is quite seldom. On battery power,
> I have laptop mode activated and the hard disk spun down after a short
> idle time.
> Why do I think this is related to the corruption? Well, on the one hand,
> I'm compiling kernels quite often, tracking linus' git repository,
> and

Can you try some filesystem test while forcing disk spindowns via

It may be bug in laptop mode, or a bug in ide (or something
related)... trying spindowns without laptopmode would be helpful.

Thanks, Sharp!
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