Bug 271741 - smartd-conf.py should allow customization of parameters
Summary: smartd-conf.py should allow customization of parameters
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: smartmontools
Version: 7
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Tomas Smetana
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2007-08-31 15:13 UTC by Matthew Mastracci
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:12 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-09-25 08:28:27 UTC

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Description Matthew Mastracci 2007-08-31 15:13:58 UTC
Description of problem:

smartd-conf.py currently hardcodes the parameters to each harddrive.  To
customize the parameter, you need to disable autogeneration of the smartd.conf
file.  It would be easier if a user could specify global flags if

smartctl_opts="-t -l error -l selftest -s

The above line requests more detailed monitoring of SMART flags, plus automatic
offline/extended tests throughout the day.

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Additional info:

Can provide a patch if needed.

Comment 1 Tomas Smetana 2007-09-03 09:05:31 UTC
It can be done quite easily but do you really think it's useful?  What's easier
on editing /etc/sysconfig/smartmontools than /etc/smartd.conf?  The script is
intended for inexperienced users to create a basic configuration for them.  If
you're able to configure smartd yourself, why do you need to have the config
file autogenerated?

Comment 2 Matthew Mastracci 2007-09-03 14:55:05 UTC
I agree that it doesn't take an overwhelming amount of work to modify the
smartd.conf file, but it ends up being a bit tedious on machines with more than
5 hard drives.  It also makes it easier and less error-prone when installing new
drives or modifying global configuration parameters.

It also makes it easier to modify the smartd templates on more than one machine.
 Currently, rolling out a change to run automatic tests on HDDs across 10
machines requires editing 10 files x # of hard drives.  With the change, it
would require 10 scp calls to write a new, identical config file.

I don't currently see a need for more granular option configuration - this would
be for configuring global defaults only.  If someone requires per-hard-drive
configuration, it would be just as easy to modify smartd.conf.

Comment 3 Tomas Smetana 2007-09-04 12:16:45 UTC
You should be able to add the parameters into /etc/sysconfig/smartmontools --
optional variable smartd_conf_opts.  The change will be present in the next update.

Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2007-09-04 22:07:06 UTC
smartmontools-5.37-3.2.fc7 has been pushed to the Fedora 7 testing repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 5 Matthew Mastracci 2007-09-04 22:24:46 UTC
Tested, works as expected with and without the following option in

smartd_conf_opts="-H -m root -t -l error -l selftest -s

Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2007-09-25 08:28:26 UTC
smartmontools-5.37-3.2.fc7 has been pushed to the Fedora 7 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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