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1smartmontools NEWS
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8Date <Not released yet, please try current SVN>
9Summary: smartmontools release 6.1
11- smartctl: Fix parsing of '-l select,cont+SIZE' option.
12- Linux: Support for SAS disks behind Areca controllers.
13- FreeBSD: Support for SAS disks behind Areca controllers.
14- FreeBSD: Enhanced ATA command support for 3ware.
15- FreeBSD: Support for 3ware 9750 (/dev/twsX).
16- FreeBSD: Fixed support for 48-bit ATA commands on legacy controllers
17  with ATACAM driver.
19Date 2012-10-10
20Summary: smartmontools release 6.0
22- option/directive '-F nologdir' and '-F xerrorlba'.
23- smartctl '--identify' option.
24- smartctl prints nominal media rotation rate (ATA).
25- smartctl prints SATA version and speed.
26- smartctl '-l sataphy' works for CD/DVD drives also.
27- smartctl '-x' includes ATA Device Statistics.
28- smartd warning emails include device identify info.
29- smartd '-d' output is flushed to support redirection.
30- HDD, SSD and USB additions to drive database.
31- Windows smartd: smartd.conf directives '-m console',
32  '-m active', '-m connected'.
33- Windows: Support for SAS disks behind Areca controllers.
34- Windows: Win9x/ME and NT4 are no longer supported.
36Date 2012-06-30
37Summary: smartmontools release 5.43
39- smartctl options '-g, --get' and '-s, --set' to get/set
40  various ATA settings: AAM, APM, Read look-ahead, Write
41  cache, Security (freeze), Standby mode/timer.
42- smartd directive '-e' to set (most of) the above settings
43  on startup.
44- smartctl options '-f hex' and '-f hex,[id|val]'.
45- smartctl does not start ATA self-test if another test is
46  already running.  Override with new option '-t force'.
47- smartctl supports extended self-test polling times
48  greater than 255 minutes.
49- Controller-independent SAT detection: '-d sat,auto[+TYPE]'.
50- smartd.conf DEFAULT directive.
51- Many HDD, SSD and USB additions to drive database.
52- Linux and FreeBSD: Support for SATA disks behind Areca SAS
53  RAID controllers and HP Smart Array controllers.
54- Windows: Support for SATA disks behind Areca controllers.
55- Windows smartd: directives '-l offlinests,ns' and
56  '-l selfteststs,ns'.
57- Windows installer: Combined 32-/64-bit support.
58- FreeBSD: fixed crash on SCSI devices with FreeBSD9-RC1
60Date 2011-10-20
61Summary: smartmontools release 5.42
63- smartctl option '-l devstat' (Device Statistics).
64- smartctl option '-l ssd' (SSD endurance indicator).
65- smartd logs identify information of each SCSI/SAS device.
66- smartd resends warning emails if problem reappears.
67- smartd directives '-l offlinests' and '-l selfteststs'.
68- Many HDD, SSD and USB additions to drive database.
69- Platform-specific man pages.
70- smartd.8 man page no longer includes smartd.conf.5.
71- FreeBSD: Compilation fixes.
72- FreeBSD: Support for Areca controllers.
73- FreeBSD: Fix '-l scterc' support.
74- FreeBSD: Support for 48-bit ATA commands.
75- Linux: Support for Areca controllers enhanced.
76- Windows installer: UAC support.
77- Windows: update-smart-drivedb /S(ilent) option.
78- Windows: improved USB ID detection.
80Date 2011-06-09
81Summary: smartmontools release 5.41
83- Failed self-tests outdated by a newer successful extended
84  self-test are no longer reported as errors.
85- Support for ATA Long Logical/Physical Sectors (LLS/LPS).
86- 'smartctl --scan-open' can create a draft smartd.conf.
87- smartctl prints World Wide Name (WWN) of ATA device.
88- smartctl option '-f brief' to select new attribute output
89  format which includes more flags and fits in 80 columns.
90- smartd logs identify information and WWN of each ATA device.
91- smartd logs warning from drive database if present.
92- smartd logs changes of offline data collection status.
93- smartd directive '-l scterc,READTIME,WRITETIME'.
94- smartd preserves last scheduled selective self-tests span.
95- 'smartd.service' file for systemd.
96- configure option '--with-systemdsystemunitdir'
97- configure option '--with-exampledir'.
98- configure searches for init.d or rc.d directory.
99- 'make install' does no longer overwrite an existing
100  smartd.conf file.
101- 'update-smart-drivedb' does no longer require GNU sed.
102- Many HDD, SSD and USB additions to drive database.
103- Linux USB autodetection: Enable '-d sat,16' for newer kernels.
104- Linux megaraid: Fix segfault on non-data SCSI commands.
105- Linux megaraid: Fix pass-through of non-data ATA commands.
106- FreeBSD: Use 'fetch' in 'update-smart-drivedb'.
107- OpenBSD: Use 'ftp' in 'update-smart-drivedb'.
108- OpenBSD: Workaround for shell bug.
109- OpenBSD: Fix DEVICESCAN for OpenBSD >= 4.8.
110- Windows: Experimental support for Intel ICHxR RAID.
111- Windows: DEVICESCAN includes USB devices.
112- Windows: Faster USB ID detection.
113- Windows: update-smart-drivedb tool.
114- Windows installer: Option '/SO component,...'.
115- Windows: Fix smartd warning email truncation on Win7.
116- Windows installer: Fix shortcut removal on Vista/Win7.
117- Windows: Add missing quotes in smartctl-run.bat and
118  smartd-run.bat
120Date 2010-10-16
121Summary: smartmontools release 5.40
123- Other config entries may precede smartd DEVICESCAN.
124- Option '-v' allows to specify byte order of attribute raw value
125- configure: New default value for '--with-docdir'.
126- configure: '--enable-drivedb' is now the default.
127- Improved support for Intel SSDs.
128- Improved support for SandForce based SSDs.
129- Drive database is in a separate source file 'drivedb.h'
130  which can be downloaded from SVN.
131- USB ID info is now included in 'drivedb.h'.
132- Many additions to drive database.
133- New script 'update-smart-drivedb'.
134- smartd libcap-ng support, option '-C, --capabilities'.
135- smartd directive '-l xerror' to check Extended Comprehensive
136  SMART Error Log.
137- smartctl option '-l scterc[,...]' to get/set the
138  SCT Error Recovery Control time limit.
139- smartctl option '-t vendor,N'.
140- smartctl options '--scan, --scan-open'.
141- Linux: Add '/dev/sd[a-c][a-z]' to smartd DEVICESCAN.
142- Linux: Support SATA drives on LSI 3ware 9750 controllers.
143- Windows: Read 'drivedb.h' and 'smartd.conf' from exe directory.
144- Windows: Support for 64-bit executables.
145- Windows: Support for cross compilation on Linux.
146- Fix regression in smartctl option '-t select,M-N'.
147- Fix SCT temperature table commands on big endian CPUs.
148- Fix regression in smartd SMARTD_DEVICE and SMARTD_DEVICETYPE
149  environment variables.
151Date 2010-01-28
152Summary: smartmontools release 5.39.1
154- Fix crash on kFreeBSD.
155- Fix regression in smartctl option '-q, --quietmode'.
156- Fix regression in smartd directive '-l selftest'.
157- Linux: Allow smartd 'DEVICESCAN -d sat'.
158- Linux: Fix spin-up of SATA drive if '-n standby' is used.
159- Windows: Fix parsing of 3ware 'tw_cli' output.
161Date 2009-12-09
162Summary: smartmontools release 5.39 (UNSTABLE/EXPERIMENTAL)
164- Sourcecode repository moved from CVS to SVN
165- Support for USB devices with Cypress, JMicron and Sunplus USB bridges
166- USB device type autodetection for some devices on Linux, Windows and FreeBSD
167  (http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/smartmontools/wiki/Supported_USB-Devices)
168- Support for Areca controllers on Linux
169- Support for MegaRAID controllers on Linux
170- Support for HighPoint RocketRAID controllers on FreeBSD
171- Support RAID controllers using /dev/pass devices on FreeBSD
172- Support CHECK_POWER_MODE and WRITE_LOG on FreeBSD
173- Support for up to 128 devices on 3ware controllers
174- smartctl option '-l xerror' to print ATA SMART Extended Comprehensive
175  Error Log
176- smartctl option '-l xselftest' to print ATA SMART Extended Self-test Log
177- smartctl option '-l sataphy' to print SATA Phy Event Counters
178- smartctl option '-l sasphy' to print SAS device phy information
179- smartctl options '-l gplog,...' and '-l smartlog,...' to print any log page
180- smartctl option '-x' to print all extended info if available
181- smartctl prints SCSI load/unload cycle counts
182- Improve display of huge raw values of some SMART attributes
183- Option '-d sat+TYPE' to use SAT with controllers which require '-d TYPE'
184- Option '-v ID,RAW_FORMAT,ATTR_NAME' to add new vendor specific attributes
185- Support for SSD drives using 64-bit raw attributes
186- Many additions to drive database
187- New simplified syntax for drive database
188- Option '-B FILE' to read drive database from a file
189- Configure option to add drive database file to distribution
190- smartd can now handle attributes 197 and 198 with increasing raw values
191- smartd logs changes of self-test execution status
192- smartd directive '-n powermode,N' to limit the number of skipped checks
193- smartd flag '!' for '-r' and '-R' directives to log changes as critical
194- smartd supports scheduled Selective Self-Tests
195- Self-tests scheduled during system downtime or disk standby are run after
196  next startup
197- smartd option '-s PREFIX' to store smartd internal state until next startup
198- smartd option '-A PREFIX' to log attributes at each check cycle
199- Configure options to enable the above by default
200- Change to an object oriented interface to access ATA and SCSI devices
201- Linux, Win32 and FreeBSD modules migrated to new interface
202- Rework of smartd data structures
203- Checkin date and SVN revision and optional BUILD_INFO printed in version info
204- Better support for GSmartControl on Windows
205- SELinux fixes to 3ware device node creation
206- Fix CCISS file descriptor leak on FreeBSD
207- Compile fixes for Solaris and FreeBSD
208- Use getaddrinfo() instead of gethostbyname() to support IPv6
209- C++ Support for QNX Target, already tested for QNX 6.3.2 on x86 and
210  armle target
211- Additional support for Samsung MLC flash drives
212- New device type detection algorithm on FreeBSD, not based on filename
213- Support for the adaX (ATA on CAM bus) devices on FreeBSD 8.0 and higher
215Date 2008-03-10
216Summary: smartmontools release 5.38 (STABLE)
218This is a stable release of smartmontools.  In addition to changes
219below, it includes:
220 - Libata/Marvell driver devices no longer need explicit '-d' switch
221 - DEVICESCAN automatically detects libata/marvell driver SATA devices
222 - Fixed auto-offline/autosave support in FreeBSD
223 - SAT device type + SCSI generic devices work properly with smartd under Linux
224 - Many additions to drive database
225 - More portable autogen/autoconf/automake script set
226 - Additional Windows IOCTL route to access SMART data
227 - Some ATA-8 updates
228 - Smoother CCISS compilation support in Linux
229 - Dragonfly support
230 - Fixed some ATA identity byte swap problems on big endian CPUs
231 - Added support for the QNX operating system
232 - No-fork option added to smartd
233 - Improved device scanning and drive type recognition in Windows
234 - 3ware support for controllers with more disks (32 max)
235 - Improved Windows installer
236 - Improved SMART Attribute list and descriptions
237 - Fix to smartctl return codes
238 - Fix to scheduled tests on Highpoint RAID controllers
239 - New samsung firmware bug workaround option
240 - Auto-offline and Auto-save fixed in Linux + libata
241 - Solaris: better SCSI support and support for Sun compilers AND gcc
242 - Fixed and improvements to CCISS support
243 - More options for SCSI temperature monitoring and history
244 - Additional command line options for selective self-tests
245 - Compilation fixes for various platforms.
247See CHANGELOG for more details, or smartmontools SVN for still further
250Date 2006-12-20
251Summary: smartmontools release 5.37 (UNSTABLE/EXPERIMENTAL)
253This is an unstable/experimental release of smartmontools.
254It includes:
256- Many additions to the table of known drives
257- SAT (SCSI/ATA Translation) support
258- SCSI background scan results log
259- smartd -W directive for temperature tracking and warning
260- smartctl -n option to check power state
261- improved smartd power state logging
262- CCISS support under Linux
263- HighPoint RocketRAID support under Linux
264- 3ware RAID support under Windows
265- SPT interface for SCSI devices under Windows
266- ATA selective self test under Windows XP/2003
267- NSIS installer support for Windows version
268- Started move from C to C++
269- Various other improvements
272Date 2006-04-12
273Summary: smartmontools release 5.36 (STABLE)
275This is a stable smartmontools release.  The 5.34 version
276described just below was never officially released because
277Bruce Allen decided to wait until Linux support for
278accessing SATA devices through libata was in the official
279kernel.org sources.  Changes include:
281- Win 2000/XP:ability to cancel drive self-tests
282- Additions to the table of known drives
283- FreeBSD support for 3ware char device interface and
284  multiple 3ware cards
285- Various cygwin improvements for running as service
286- Works 'out of the box' with Linux SATA libata
287- smartd option added to list test schedules
288- smartctl option added to list part of drive database
289- various improvements for SCSI disks and logs
292Date 2005-04-19
293Summary: smartmontools release 5.34 (STABLE)
295This is a stable smartmontools release.  It includes:
296- OS/2 and eComStation support
297All Platforms:
298 - Printing of drive family info
299 - SCSI disks: output size of grown defect list
300 - Added info about drive family to 'smartctl -i' output.
301 - Added option ',q' for smartd '-n' directive to suppress
302   'skipping checks' message which may spin up laptop disk.
303 - Added message if smartd '-n' check power mode spins up disk.
304Cygwin and Windows:
305 - Added info about Windows version and service pack to banner line.
306 - Added support for smartd '-n' directive for Win2000/XP.
307 - Added support for READ_LOG for WinNT4 also.
308 - Fixed bug that prevents display of empty logs on Win2000/XP
309 - Fixed use of cached smart enabled state in 'smartctl -i' output.
311 - Fixed bug that prevents running smartd as service on WinNT4.
314Date 2004-9-5
315Summary: smartmontools release 5.33 (UNSTABLE/EXPERIMENTAL)
317This is an unstable/experimental release of smartmontools.  It includes
318 - support for Darwin/Mac OSX
319 - support for OpenBSD
320 - support for 3ware ATA RAID controllers under FreeBSD
321 - support for 3ware 9500 series SATA RAID controllers under
322   Linux.  Use /dev/twa[0-15] devices to access these.
323 - support for 3ware character device interfaces /dev/twe[0-15]
324   under Linux.  This allows (for example) Selective Self-tests.
325 - support for Marvell chip-set based SATA controllers under Linux.
326 - smartd mail now works also under Windows (using "Blat" mailer).
327 - smartd can now be run as a Windows service.
328Please report sucess/failure with these items to the
329smartmontools-support mailing list.
332Date 2004-7-5
333Summary: smartmontools release 5.32 (STABLE)
335This is an stable release of smartmontools.
336Note added 2004/7/7: users building a Solaris/Intel version of the code should
337modify the 'configure' file, changing "pc-*-solaris*" on line 106
338to read "*-pc-solaris*".  Reference:
342Date: 2004-5-4
343Summary: smartmontools release 5.31 (UNSTABLE/EXPERIMENTAL)
345This is an unstable/experimental release of smartmontools.  It includes
346several new features:
347- Windows smartd daemon
348- smartd now monitors current and pending sector counts
349- Support for ATA-7 selective self-test features (Linux/NetBSD only)
350  Please report sucess/failure with this option to the smartmontools-support
351  mailing list.
353Date: 2004-3-6
354Summary: smartmontools release 5.30 (STABLE)
356This is a stable release of smartmontools: the first stable release
357since 5.26.
358- KNOWN BUG (identified/fixed by CF): smartd will segv and crash if
359  the configuration file /etc/smartd.conf contains NO valid entries.
360  This bug was introduced in version 1.259 of smartd.c by BA and
361  is present in smartmontools releases 5.27-5.30 inclusive. This can
362  be fixed by editing line 3165 of smartd.c, and changing:
363  "else if (cfgentries[0]) {"
364  to read:
365  "else if (cfgentries && cfgentries[0]) {"
368Date: 2004-2-24
369Summary: smartmontools release 5.29 (Experimental, not STABLE)
371This is another experimental release, to replace the 5.27 release that
372had a damaged configure script.  The next stable release will be 5.30
373- This release has SCSI support for NetBSD
376Date: 2004-2-12
377Summary: smartmontools release 5.27 (Experimental, not STABLE)
379- WARNING: this release has a broken --prefix=/a/path option to the
380  configure script.  The consequence is that smartd will not look for the
381  configuration file (smartd.conf) at the desired location.
382- NetBSD support added
383- A new Directive (-s) for smartd.conf now enables flexible automatic
384  scheduled self-testing for both ATA and SCSI devices.
385- Solaris now has ATA device support (SPARC only)
386- A new Directive (-n) for smartd.conf to avoid spinning up disks
387- Errors when smartd sends mail are now logged to SYSLOG
388- Solaris smartd mail now works correctly (uses mailx not mail)
391Date: 2003-11-29
392Summary: smartmontools release 5.26
394This is a stable smartmontools release.  The only known problem is
395that under Solaris, the email features of smartd do not work 'out of
396the box'.  Three workarounds are:
397  [1] use '-M exec mailx' in /etc/smartd.conf
398  [2] in the start script for smartd, put /usr/ucb into PATH before
399      /bin
400  [3] upgrade to release 5.27 or later, or the latest CVS snapshot
403Date: 2003-11-19
404Summary: smartmontools release 5.25
406This release should not hang when accessing USB devices. It provides
407smartd SCSI self-test log monitoring for self-test errors, and a
408larger table of known ATA drives.  DEVICESCAN should work correctly
409even on file systems containing XFS or JFS partitions, and on machines
410that use devfs, even without traditional links.
412From this time on, even numbered releases will be 'stable' ones and
413odd numbered releases (like 5.25) will be unstable/testing/development
417Date: 2003-10-30
418Summary: smartmontools release 5.23
420This release has one known problem: DEVICESCAN device scanning does
421not work correctly if the disk with the /dev directory also has XFS
422or JFS file systems on it.
425Date: 2003-10-28
426Summary: smartmontools release 5.22
428Replaces flawed 5.21 release: the -T verypermissive option had to be
429entered as -T verpermissive. First experimental solaris support (SCSI
430only).  This release had a serious flaw: smartd left open file descriptors
431for devices that it couldn't monitor.
434Date: 2003-10-14
435Summary: smartmontools release 5.21
437Preliminary support for FreeBSD added to smartmontools.  For FreeBSD,
438ATA support requires a 5.1-CURRENT kernel while SCSI support should
439work across multiple versions (any that support CAM).
442Date: 2003-10-04
443Summary: smartmontools release 5.20
445Replaces flawed 5.19 release (which had a zero-length man page
449Date: 2003-10-03
450Summary: smartmontools release 5.19
452This is the first release of smartmontools based on autoconf/automake.
453For this reason, it is a very experimental release.  Please let us
454know in particular about documenation errors/omissions, missing or
455unneccesary files, and similar oversights.  The major changes are:
456 [1]  installation scripts based on autoconfig/automake
457 [2] ./configure [options] lets you set arbitrary paths
458 [3] supports FHS with ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
459 [4] correct paths are inserted into all man pages, binaries, etc.
460 [5] tarballs and RPMs are now GPG-signed
463Date: 2003-10-02 11:35
464Summary: smartd SEGV
466Some versions of smartd, including smartmontools release 5.1-18, will
467SEGV if the combination of Directives in /etc/smartd.conf contains
468-l error
470-l selftest
471without any Attribute monitoring Directives.  This is fixed in 5.19
472and above.
474A good workaround is to add:
475-o on
477-o off
478to enable or disable automatic offline data collection.
481Date: 2002-11-17 07:41
482Summary: testunitready bug in smartd
484A bug in smartd prevented functioning on scsi devices.
485The bug in question only affects smartd users with scsi devices.
486To see if your version of smartd has the testunitready() bug, do
487smartd -V
488If the version of the module smartd.c in a line like:
489Module: smartd.c revision: 1.66 date: 2002/11/17
490has a revision greater than or equal to 1.30, and less than or
491equal to 1.64, then your version of the code has this problem.
493This problem affected releases starting with RELEASE_5_0_16 up to and
494including RELEASE_5_0_43.
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