[mythtv-users] glitches in HDHR recordings every 5-6 seconds

Michael Rice mikerice1969 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 9 02:54:33 UTC 2010

On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM, Michael Rice <mikerice1969 at gmail.com> wrote:
> There seems to be some kind of evil IO going on every few seconds that
> is causing this.
> I did an experiment and started one HDHR recording.  I see that top
> reports a load of
> about 0.12.  No problem.  Looking at iotop I see that mythbackend is
> steadily writing
> 1700K/s to 2000K/s.
> Next I start another HDHR recording on the second tuner.  Now load
> increases quickly
> until it is in the 3.00-3.50 range.  Looking at iotop now shows a
> little higher 2000K/s to
> 2400 K/s.  But it also show huge spikes every few seconds such at
> 19,000K/s to 20,000 K/s.
> It looks like the first recording is being written steadily but the
> second is being buffered and
> written in one big burst every 5-6 seconds.  Does anyone know what
> might be causing this?
> I've had this HDHR for a long time and this seems to only have popped
> up within the last
> several months.

It appears that I have a bad disk.  I was able to reproduce this using
hdhomerun_config from the command line.  The problem only happened
when I wrote to one of my three disks.  smartctl -a does show show
errors on this disk so I guess I'll be getting a new drive as soon as

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