fabic974 random (binary) wanderings in the philament empires…

Check all hard-drives SMART info.

Query S.M.A.R.T. information from all hard-disks :

# for dev in /dev/sd? ; do
    echo -e "\n\n### DEV: $dev ###\n\n" ;
    smartctl -a $dev || break ;
    read -p "-- ^ $dev -- Continue ? --" ;
  • Use smartctl -t short /dev/sdX to initiate a short self-test (long for extented self-tests).

smartd may be configured (/etc/smartd.conf) to schedule automatic run of self-tests, albeit resorting to some arcane configuration, here (S/../.././12|L/../../6/19), where (I guess) ‘S’ stands for Short, and ‘L’ for Long :

# /etc/smartd.conf

# Short self-test everyday between 12:00 - 13:00 ;
# and extended self-test on Saturdays btw. 19:00 20:00 :
DEVICESCAN -a -o on -S on -n standby,q \
  -W 4,35,40                           \
  -s (S/../.././12|L/../../6/19)       \
  -m cadet.fabien+sys@gmail.com
  • Arch wiki: SMART
  • Note that :
    • The first DEVICESCAN ... encountered will stop smartd from reading the rest of its configuration file.
    • Configuration can be specified per disk, ex. /dev/sda -a -W 2,35,40.
    • And that disks may be specified by their UUID instead of their block device path /dev/sdX so that configuration is not affected by e.g. some internal re-wiring of the drives on the motherboard/controller(s), see ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid/ :

         /dev/disk/by-uuid/09022016-0924-1909-2411-2709cade0da3 -a -o on -S on