[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: smartmontools-6.1-1 (and 6.1-2 64bit)

Christian Franke Christian.Franke@t-online.de
Tue Mar 26 20:09:00 GMT 2013

Version 6.1-1 of smartmontools has been uploaded.
(There is also an experimental version 6.1-2for 64 bit Cygwin)


Changes include:
- smartctl '-l directory': improved output format.
- smartctl: Fix parsing of '-l select,cont+SIZE' option.
- smartctl prints ATA Additional Product Id (OEM Id).
- smartctl '-s/-g wcache' for SCSI devices to control write cache.
- smartctl '-s/-g rcache' for SCSI devices to control read cache.
- smartctl prints more info for SCSI devices: media rotation rate,
form factor, physical block size, lowest LBA alignement, logical
block provisioning, disk protection type and selftest progress status.
- smartctl '--identify' updated for latest ATA ACS-3 spec.
- smartd runs /etc/smartd_warning.sh to generate warning emails
- smartd '-w PATH' option to specify this executable.
- smartd '-d ignore' directive.
- smartd DEVICESCAN ignores devices already specified.
- smartd: added support for state persistence ('-s') and attribute
logging('-A') for SCSI devices.
- smartd '-W' directive uses ATA attribute 190 if 194 is missing.
- Support of larger SCSI defect lists via READ DEFECT(12).
- Device type '-d usbjmicron,p' for Prolific USB bridges.
- Many HDD, SSD and USB additions to drive database.
- Windows: DEVICESCAN now supports up to 128 drives.

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

Please read the Windows and Cygwin sections in the INSTALL file.

For open issues see


Smartmontools contains utility programs (smartctl, smartd) to
control/monitor storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and
Reporting Technology System (S.M.A.R.T.) built into most ATA/SATA and
SCSI/SAS hard drives and solid-state drives. In many cases, these
utilities will provide advancedwarning 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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