On 15 Dec 2013 09:25, "Christian Franke" <Christian.Franke@t-online.de> wrote:
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> Ivan Lezhnjov Jr. wrote:
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>> On Dec 15, 2013, at 4:58 AM, Weedy <...> wrote:
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>>> A very long time ago I found this and use it everywhere now. I don't even remember what the options mean anymore.
>>> /dev/sda -d ata -o off -S on -a -s (O/../../(7|3)/00|S/../.././12|L/../../6/03|C/../../7/03) -m root
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>> I read all man pages, was a bit painful haha but I can read that line like English now :P
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> You are welcome to provide (well tested and reviewed) patches(!) for the man page files.
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>> Stiil, wondering if there's any theory behind how fast these types of checks should be run. One thing is obvious, SMART is meant to expose a problem before it becomes a real problem of sorts. So, perhaps running the tests somewhat often is a good idea. But how often that IS the question.
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> It depends and may require some experiments.
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> For servers running 7x24, one short test per day and one long test per week is a good starting point.
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> For desktop systems running 5x8, long tests may not work at all because:
> - OS accesses may slow down the self-test such that it cannot be completed during working hours,
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> - the self-test may slow down the OS accesses such that the system is unusable.
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> This depends on the vendor specific self-test implementation in drive firmware.
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>>> I have a follow up question for this. I can drop the /dev/sdX and use DEVICESCAN right?
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>> Absolutely
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> Note that DEVICESCAN does not work for drives behind most RAID controllers. Possible implementations would be vendor and platform specific.

Mdadm raid, soon to be brtfs raid. This isn't a problem

>>> How would I tell smartd to stagger the tests if I have a 4+ drive raid?
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> Automatic staggering of tests is not possible yet. You need to add an individual smartd.conf entry for each drive.
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> I agree that this feature would make sense. Please create a ticket:
> https://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/smartmontools/newticket
Sure

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> Thanks,
> Christian
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