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MX-15/16 Test Repository - The SmartMonTools thread

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Post by timkb4cq » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:37 pm

Smartmontools 7.0 is now available in the MX-15/16 Test Repository
smartmontools.org wrote:The smartmontools package contains two utility programs (smartctl and smartd) to control and monitor storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System (SMART) built into most modern ATA/SATA, SCSI/SAS and NVMe disks. In many cases, these utilities will provide advanced warning of disk degradation and failure. Smartmontools was originally derived from the Linux ​smartsuite package and actually supports ATA/ATAPI/SATA-3 to -8 disks and SCSI disks and tape devices.
Among other changes from the older version in jessie, it now automatically scans for NVMe type drives and the update-smart-drivedb script now works again.

For the command-line averse, install GSmartControl from the MX Test repo as well to get a nice GUI front-end to smartmontools.

As with any package in Test, please leave feedback if you try it.
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Post by JayM » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:54 am

I had smartmontools 6.6 and the update drive database function in gsmartcontrol failed saying update-smart-drivedb wasn't found. I even downloaded the source tarball for 6.6, complied and installed it, and got the same error so it's apparently a bug in that version. I installed smartmontools 7 from the test repo and the drive database updates now, so I can confirm that this has been fixed. It also detects my newer model Toshiba 2TB external USB backup drive, which the original version of smartmon that came preinstalled on MX didn't do and which confirms that the drive database was indeed updated as that drive wasn't in the older databases.
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Post by m_pav » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:30 am

Worked without error. I took this one step further and created a fully updated snapshot with the upgraded smartmontools package, created a boot USB and run the MX installer on a machine with a known bad HDD, it acted as it should and threw up the expected notification, so it's got my tick of approval.
Now if only SSD manufacturers would use common fault ID codes without messing with them, we might be able to start looking at adding a couple of extra entries to look for when checking the S.M.A.R.T status of SSD's prior to installing MX
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