I'm using fedora 11 x64 with all updates on place.
I'm really pissed off because I found that my laptop hard disk is parking the heads every 10 seconds circa, and gnome-settings-daemon is trying to start pulseaudio daemon every 10 seconds circa.
This causes a deleterious parking/unparking job on the heads and raising the infamous Load_Cycle_Count HDD smart parameter. There was a famous issue with this counter (ubuntu people should remember this): manufacturers tell you that you disk is gonna die when it reaches a value between 300k-600k.
How I found the issue?
Installed atop, I saw that kjournald was invoked every 10 seconds, so I did:
This command enables dumping of writes on block devices that you can see invoking dmesg. So I was able to identify that gnome-settings-daemon is writing periodically to a file (pulse-shm-xxxxxx).
> echo 1 >/proc/sys/vm/block_dump
I got tons of lines like this:
Nice to see, pulseaudio is back...
gnome-settings-(11959): dirtied inode 188241 (pulse-shm-2392701627) on tmpfs
I killed gnome-settings-daemon and FINALLY got no periodic writes to disk.
Now I want to ask everyone, gnome devs, pulseaudio devs, and normal people, how the hell I can sort this thing out? Can I finally disable pulseaudio? I dunno why PackageKit wants to tore my system apart if I try to uninstall pulseaudio.
Bad bad bad guys, really bad.