Smartctl issues in Cygwin with elevated terminal
Tue Sep 13 09:11:03 GMT 2022
I recently noticed that smartctl only works when the Cygwin Terminal
isn't run as administrator - the opposite way round to Linux where you
need superuser privileges to access the disk.
With Administrator privileges on Windows 11, I get:
"Read Device Identity Failure Input/Output error"
But it continues to work fine as a normal user.
Does anyone know why? In my case, this actually matters because I'm not
sure how to elevate and/or drop privileges in Cygwin, as sudo doesn't
work due to it not being Unixy underneath. I'll be happy to try and
debug this and provide extra details if needed, but I'm not sure what to
do next on this one.
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