QUOTE(jpmatrix @ Oct 15 2006, 09:01 AM)
QUOTE(mathemajikian @ Oct 15 2006, 03:03 AM)
1. The hdd led will remain on since the hdd is always in use when running openbsd on your zaurii.
isn't that a power issue ?
i find that running openbsd makes my zaurus run on battery shortage so quickly!! isn't it a problem for the hdd too to remain up all the time as it wasn't build for that (i guess) ?
is there a way to just pause the hdd ?
1. Quite right the HDD is active all the time and yes it is a power issue, however, this is a full blown operating system and not something aimed just at PDAs. The installation that you get 'out of the box' is the same install that you get if you install on a PC, VAX, SparcStation etc.
2. The only way of 'pausing the hdd' would be to run from a ram disk. Basically to run OpenBSD without having the disk run all the time you need to stop logging and swap as well as all read/write operations that occur as a normal consequence of running the OS on the disk. With some heavy customisation you may succeed in removing all the writes from the basic install, however, it may be almost impossible to stop all reads on the drive without, as I say, moving a significant portion of the file system to a ram based file system. Since the zaurus is fairly short on ram for a BSD system anyway I suggest this isn't the optimal way to go.
Also note that the flash chips aren't supported by OpenBSD and aren't used at all. Simply enabling them (writing a driver) and running them as disk devices wouldn't be great since UFS doesn't implement write spreading like jffs2 does and OpenBSD doesn't have jffs2 support.