Thank you very much for the detailed explanation. Could you please add a
few sentences to the smartmontools web page FAQ section about this? Just
search for the word "kernel" to find the relevant section(s).
On Tue, 13 May 2003, Erik Inge Bols=F8 wrote:
> On Mon, 12 May 2003, Bruce Allen wrote:
> >On Mon, 12 May 2003, Guido Guenther wrote:
> >> Just to get this straight. smartmontools doesn't (and will never) work
> >> on a vanilla 2.2.X kernel, correct? If so, I'd like to add a note to
> >> README.Debian.
> >I'd tell you, but I am genuinely not sure. It does need HDIO_DRIVE_TASK
> >available in order to get the SMART status from the disk, so if vanilla
> >2.2.X does not have this, then it won't work. But I was under the
> >impression that at least some 2.2.X kernels do have this support.
> As far as I can tell, for the 2.2.X series, only the Andre Hedrick patche=
> have this. They have not been officially updated for 2.2.21 or later
> kernels, and probably have bugs in them still.
> The reason for the confusion is probably this: At one time (uhm,
> make that several times), Andre's patches was pretty much the only way to
> get newer chipsets working - like the Highpoint ATA/66 controllers,
> various Promise controllers, etc. This persisted for several months,
> during which time those patches became quite common.
> And so Mandrake, and quite possibly other vendors, included the patches
> into their vendor kernels, in order to address customers asking about
> support for these fine new chipsets.
> (kernel22-source-2.2.20-9mdk has ide-taskfile.c, which is a telltale sign
> of a Andre-patched IDE subsystem. It's not included in vanilla 2.2.X
> So as for your question: no, it won't work on any vanilla kernel.org 2.2.=
> kernel. Vendor kernels are another matter, which I know little about. Jus=
> a bit of remembered cursing and a bit of research.
> Erik I. Bols=F8 | email: <knan at mo.himolde.no>
> The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to
> hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.
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