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Bug 174095 - "-d ata" is missing in smartd.conf for SATA HDDs
Summary: "-d ata" is missing in smartd.conf for SATA HDDs
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: smartmontools
Version: 5
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Tomas Mraz
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Depends On:
Blocks: FC5Target
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-11-24 14:29 UTC by Bernd Bartmann
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
0 users

Fixed In Version: smartmontools-5.33-3
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2005-11-25 15:20:25 UTC

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Description Bernd Bartmann 2005-11-24 14:29:13 UTC
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Description of problem:
FC5T1 now finally contains a kernel that supports S.M.A.R.T. command passthru for SATA HDDs via libata. To use this feature the option "-d ata" has to be added to each line in /etc/smartd.conf that lists an SATA HDD otherwise smartd won't start.

I've verified the correct behaviour of S.M.A.R.T. command passthru using "smartctl -d ata -a /dev/sda" on my system.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. try to use smartctl / smartd on a SATA HDD

Additional info:

Comment 1 Tomas Mraz 2005-11-24 14:47:37 UTC
Great, do you know of any easy and reliable way how to detect libata devices
among the regular SCSI ones?

Comment 2 Bernd Bartmann 2005-11-24 14:52:10 UTC
Hmm, good question. In /proc/scsi/scsi you'll always see "Vendor: ATA". Maybe
this helps. I don't know if libata perhaps has more extended interface to /proc
were one could get this information. 

Comment 3 Tomas Mraz 2005-11-24 16:25:47 UTC
Also do you know which oldest kernel version is required for this to work?

Comment 4 Bernd Bartmann 2005-11-24 16:34:43 UTC
The functionality seems to be introduced with kernel patch-2.6.15-rc1 which is
included in the FC5T1 kernel. I don't know in which rawhide kernel version this
first appeared, but it definitely does not work with the latest FC4 errata

Comment 5 Tomas Mraz 2005-11-24 17:34:57 UTC
I suppose it could be detected with 'cat /sys/module/libata/version' >= 1.20

However -rc1 patch has probably still 1.12 - the same as 2.6.14.

But it shouldn't be a problem as soon as -rc2 is in rawhide.

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