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hwmon: (drivetemp) Add usage not describing impact on drive spin-down

Message ID 20200811145709.55940-1-linux@roeck-us.net (mailing list archive)
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Series hwmon: (drivetemp) Add usage not describing impact on drive spin-down | expand

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Guenter Roeck Aug. 11, 2020, 2:57 p.m. UTC
On some drives, reading the drive temperature resets the drive's
spin-down timer. If the drive temperature is read too often, affected
drives will never spin down. Add this information as usage note to
the driver documentation.

Reported-by: Peter Sulyok <peter@sulyok.net>
Cc: Peter Sulyok <peter@sulyok.net>
Signed-off-by: Guenter Roeck <linux@roeck-us.net>
 Documentation/hwmon/drivetemp.rst | 18 ++++++++++++++++++
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diff --git a/Documentation/hwmon/drivetemp.rst b/Documentation/hwmon/drivetemp.rst
index 2d37d049247f..0b1cf2f912c5 100644
--- a/Documentation/hwmon/drivetemp.rst
+++ b/Documentation/hwmon/drivetemp.rst
@@ -30,6 +30,24 @@  Transport is not supported, the driver uses SMART attributes to read
 the drive temperature.
+Usage Note
+Reading the drive temperature may reset the spin down timer on some drives.
+This has been observed with WD120EFAX drives, but may be seen with other
+drives as well. The same behavior is observed if the 'hdtemp' or 'smartd'
+tools are used to access the drive.
+With the WD120EFAX drive, reading the drive temperature using the drivetemp
+driver is still possible _after_ it transitioned to standby mode, and
+reading the drive temperature in this mode will not cause the drive to
+change its mode (meaning the drive will not spin up). It is unknown if other
+drives experience similar behavior.
+A known workaround for WD120EFAX drives is to read the drive temperature at
+intervals larger than twice the spin-down time. Otherwise affected drives
+will never spin down.
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