> Hi folks,
> you may be delighted to learn that patches implementing the disk parking
> facility have been queued up for 2.6.28. The new implementation has
> hardly anything in common with the patches available for previous
> kernels. This was necessary in order to overcome various deficiencies of
> former disk-protect patches. Most importantly from a user's point of
> view, there have been changes to the user interface which require hdapsd
> to be modified too, so I'll follow up with a patch to hdapsd. Another
> change is that there is no fall back to standby immediate if the device
> doesn't support the unload feature. Hopefully, this will not cause a
> violent outrage. Anyway, standby immediate really is not appropriate for
> shock protection, if you care for that sort of thing, get a drive that
> supports the unload feature in the first place.
> For 2.6.27-rc8, I have prepared a backport of the patches that will go
> into 2.6.28. This way, you benefit from the improved quality of the
> patch and we from your testing ;-). Also, since no changes to the libata
> code and only minor adjustments to the ide code have been necessary for
> this backport, distributors might consider including this patch into
> their 2.6.27 kernels -- but then that's probably just wishful thinking
> on my part.
Oh well, I have made a subtle mistake in the ide backport after all. It
doesn't cause any problem in my tests but that is probably a timing
issue and cannot be relied upon. So, here is the correct version.
> Please read the documentation before updating to a kernel >= 2.6.27 and
> enjoy. As usual, running -rc kernels is nothing for people who don't
> know what they are doing -- there have been some particularly nasty
> issues with the e1000e driver these days which may well affect users of
> modern Thinkpads.