Bruce Allen ballen at gravity.phys.uwm.edu
Fri Nov 15 09:07:01 CST 2002

Hi Drew,

I just wanted to let you know that I have added a file called "WARNINGS"
to the smartmontools distribution, and also put a prominent link to it on
the package home page.  The AACRAID controller is the first entry on that


On 14 Nov 2002, Drew Smith wrote:

> 	Holas,
> 	In my ongoing quest to monitor my RH8 Dell machines on a hardware
> level, I have been led to an interesting utility:
> 	http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/
> 	From the webpage: 
> 	"The smartmontools package contains two utility programs (smartctl and
> smartd) to control and monitor storage systems using the
> Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System (S.M.A.R.T.)
> built into most modern ATA and SCSI hard disks.  It is derived from the
> smartsuite package, and includes support for ATA/ATAPI-5 disks.  It
> should run on any modern Linux system."
> 	So I downloaded the utilities and tested them on a laptop and on a
> local machine, both with IDE drives.  Nice!  Works as advertised, and
> gives a pile of very useful information!  So, I figured I'd deploy it on
> all my machines... but first, a final test.
> 	Screw the long story.  DO NOT TRY THIS PACKAGE on Dell servers using
> AACRAID controllers!  I've got a guy on the way over to the colocation
> facility now, to reboot the Dell 2550 machine which appears to be hung
> solid.  Hopefully it comes back up, and I haven't destroyed anything -
> that box isn't in production yet, but it's slotted for production in the
> next couple of weeks. :(
> 	I don't blame the author of the software at all; this is not a slam by
> any stretch!  The software works as advertised, on the IDE systems that
> I tested - however, on the AACRAID platform, with four 72G SCSI drives
> in a pair of mirrors, showing up as sda and sdb.  Using 'smartctl -i
> /dev/sda' (iirc) reported that sda was SMART-capable, but that the
> temperature sensors were disabled... issuing 'smartctl -c /dev/sda'
> locked the system *solid*.
> 	Cheers,
> 	- Drew.
> PS:  Any word on when the next OMSA, with RH8 support, will be
> available?
> -- 
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