Updated: smartmontools-6.3-1

Christian Franke Christian.Franke@t-online.de
Mon Sep 8 17:53:00 GMT 2014

Version 6.3-1 of smartmontools is now available.


Changes include:
- smartctl: Fixed bogus error messages from '-g/-s wcreorder'.
- smartctl prints ATA form factor.
- SCSI: Improved support of modern disks (SAS SSDs).
- SCSI: Fixed sense data noise from old disks.
- update-smart-drivedb man page.
- HDD, SSD and USB additions to drive database.
- Windows: Reworked CSMI port scanning.
- Cygwin: Changed default mailer to 'email'.

For a full list of changes see NEWS and ChangeLog in
/usr/share/doc/smartmontools and ticket report at

For open issues see


Smartmontools contains utility programs (smartctl, smartd) to
control/monitor storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and
Reporting Technology System (SMART) built into most ATA/SATA and
SCSI/SAS hard drives and solid-state drives. In many cases, these 
utilities will provide advanced warning of disk degradation and failure.

Smartctl is a command line utility designed to perform tasks such as
printing the SMART self-test and error logs, enabling and disabling
SMART automatic testing, and initiating device self-tests.

Smartd is a daemon that monitors the drives every 30 minutes
(configurable), logs SMART errors and changes of SMART Attributes via
the syslog interface.
Smartd can also be configured to schedule self-tests and send email
warnings or run other scripts if problems are detected.
On Cygwin, smartd can be run as a windows service via cygrunsrv.

Christian Franke


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