[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: smartmontools-5.43-1

Christian Franke Christian.Franke@t-online.de
Wed Jul 11 20:38:00 GMT 2012

Version 5.43-1 of smartmontools has been uploaded.


Changes include:
  - smartctl options '-g, --get' and '-s, --set' to get/set
    various ATA settings: AAM, APM, Read look-ahead, Write
    cache, Security (freeze), Standby mode/timer.
  - smartd directive '-e' to set (most of) the above settings
    on startup.
  - smartctl options '-f hex' and '-f hex,[id|val]'.
  - smartctl does not start ATA self-test if another test is
    already running.  Override with new option '-t force'.
  - smartctl supports extended self-test polling times
    greater than 255 minutes.
  - Controller-independent SAT detection: '-d sat,auto[+TYPE]'.
  - smartd.conf DEFAULT directive.
  - Many HDD, SSD and USB additions to drive database.
  - Windows: Support for SATA disks behind Areca controllers.
  - Windows smartd: directives '-l offlinests,ns' and
    '-l selfteststs,ns'.

For a full list of changes see NEWS and CHANGELOG in
/usr/share/doc/smartmontools and ticket report at

Please read the Windows and Cygwin sections in the INSTALL file.

For open issues see


Smartmontools contains utility programs (smartctl, smartd) to
control/monitor storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and
Reporting Technology System (S.M.A.R.T.) built into most modern ATA
and SCSI disks. In many cases, these utilities will provide advanced
warning of disk degradation and failure.

Smartctl is a command line utility designed to perform tasks such as
printing the SMART self-test and error logs, enabling and disabling
SMART automatic testing, and initiating device self-tests.

Smartd is a daemon that monitors the drives every 30 minutes
(configurable), logs SMART errors and changes of SMART Attributes via
the syslog interface.
Smartd can also be configured to schedule self-tests and send email
warnings or run other scripts if problems are detected.
On Cygwin, smartd can be run as a windows service via cygrunsrv.

Christian Franke


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