Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:

On Friday, 14 April 2006 at  1:27:18 -0700, Garrett Cooper wrote:
Hello again list,
  Just wondering if there was any way where I could possibly tie into
the kernel or do something where I could determine whether or not a disk
is currently 'in use'.
  Problem: I'm trying to spin down my disks periodically via a cronjob
to save energy, reduce noise, and heat, and I don't want my disk to be
spun down if it is currently in use. I do listen to music and watch
videos for extended periods of time, so I'd rather not cause undue
stress to the hard disks and cause the program I'm using on another
machine to choke and die.

This all depends on what you mean by "in use".  Do you mean "recently

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