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

I have a follow up question for this. I can drop the /dev/sdX and use DEVICESCAN right? How would I tell smartd to stagger the tests if I have a 4+ drive raid?

On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 2:49 AM, Ivan Lezhnjov Jr. <ivan.lezhnjov.jr@gmail.com> wrote:
So, no consensus on this or … ?

On Dec 7, 2013, at 2:46 PM, Ivan Lezhnjov Jr. <ivan.lezhnjov.jr@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> while reading the man pages I realized that there were some suggestions as to how often certain types of tests could be run. Are they arbitrary or can they be used at least as a sensible starting point?
> Per man pages long test can be run weekly, short test daily, automatic offline immediate could be run per vendor default choice of typically each 4 hours and so on.
> Well, how often should one run these tests? Any known best practices? Recommendations?
> Ivan

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