[mythtv-users] BE always busy

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Wed Nov 7 20:49:11 UTC 2012

On 11/7/2012 15:38, Joe Henley wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like for my Myth BE to spin down its HD's when possible, ie. late
> night plus early morning.  After poking at it abit, it appears the
> "housekeeping thread" and "auto expire" are preventing that.  I see this
> every 15 minutes in the log:
> ------------- snip ------------------------------------
> Nov  4 03:53:43 Eddie mythbackend[1534]: 2012-11-04 03:53:43.932351 N
> AutoExpire: CalcParams(): Max required Free Space: 0.0 GB w/freq: 15 min
> Nov  4 03:56:12 Eddie mythbackend[1534]: 2012-11-04 03:56:12.566597 I
> Running housekeeping thread
> Nov  4 04:01:18 Eddie mythbackend[1534]: 2012-11-04 04:01:18.570015 I
> Running housekeeping thread
> Nov  4 04:06:24 Eddie mythbackend[1534]: 2012-11-04 04:06:24.573425 I
> Running housekeeping thread
> ------------------ snip --------------------------------
> So every 15 minutes it tries to autoexpire something (a program
> recording I presume) and every 5 minutes it runs a house keeping thread.
> Anyone got any suggestions on how to stop, run less often, or run only
> during specific times for these two items?  From some googling, I
> unchecked the "Perform EIT scan" use for each video source.  And I tried
> adjusting the EIT settings to zero on the BE set-up page "Eit Scanner
> Options" (which it refused to accept).  Neither had any effect on the
> problem.

All it's doing is periodically checking to see if there is anything that 
needs to be done.  It won't spin up and access your hard drives unless 
something actually needs to happen. The only drive that will be active 
is your system disk, holding your database and log files, and chances 
are that will always be active anyway.

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