On one hand I love having a brand new linux computer and in the other hand trying to tweak something that nobdy documents and Western Digital doesn’t want you to tell you, is frustrating.
Ever since I had the WD Live, I was obsessed with making the device sleep. In fact everything I owned including my PC, my Mac Mini and any external hard drives should be sleep when I’m not using it.
My obsession came when I was constantly hearing my WD Live drive clicking and clacking away in my closet. I thought I was hacked and checked my router and even went as far as blocking everything that came through my router to no avail. Then I forayed into the tiny little debian linux device and discovered this fascinating world. After killing all the services that I wasn’t dependant on, the WD Live was a joy to use. It was quiet and slept through most of the nights.
With my newly acquired 4TB MyCloud, there are even less documentation then before. Even though I shut down most of the unneeded services, I found my device still waking up every hour and sometimes it stays on forever despite my Mac and my PC being off.
With WD Live the exit standby log use to be in /var/log/messages and you could see just how often your device wakes up, but with WD Cloud, the exit standby message was gone.
No proof that my device was waking up…
Until now… as I perused through all the /var/log/ I found the user.log and lo and behold… it holds the exact same info that I use to obsessively peruse…
To browse this you can use
vi user.log (to exit press : followed by q and return)
or you can
cp user.log /shares/Public
chmod 777 user.log
Then on your pc or mac, open the log file. On the Mac when you open this log file it automatically goes to the end.
So there you go… now you can point to this user.log file and say to your spouse… I knew I thought I heard some clicking, that **bleep** device is doing something at 3.00 AM and here is the proof!!