S.M.A.R.T Monitoring and Email Notification Ubuntu 10.04

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1. Install smartmontools and smart-notifier and accept all dependencies:

    sudo apt-get install smartmontools smart-notifier

2. Enable smart features on each drive. First list all the drives with:


If the drives are part of a linux software raid array issue this command first:

    mdadm –detail /dev/md0

Assuming your array is /dev/md0 or it could be any number you set. Adjust as necessary. After you get a listing of all the drives you want to monitor enter the following command for each drive:

    smartctl --smart=on --offlineauto=on --saveauto=on /dev/sdb1

This assumes there’s drive /dev/sdb1 that you want to enable smart status on it. You can check the smart status for each drive you enabled smart status on by using this command:

    smartctl --all /dev/sdb1

4. Edit your /etc/smartd.conf file:

    sudo vi /etc/smartd.conf

Replace the “root” entry right after the “-m” with the email address that you want the notifications to go on the “DEVICESCAN” line:

    DEVICESCAN -m email_notify@yourdomain.com -M exec /usr/share/smartmontools/smartd-runner

5. Configure smartd to start automatically. Edit the “/etc/default/smartmontools” file:

    sudo vi /etc/default/smartmontools

Uncomment the “start_smartd=yes” line and save the file.

Restart smartmontools:

    sudo /etc/init.d/smartmontools restart
    * Restarting S.M.A.R.T. daemon smartd                                   [ OK ]

Ensure service is running:

    ps -A |grep "smart"

You should get a result similar to below:

    1700 ?        00:00:00 smartd

If the service fails to start, check out /var/log/messages for any errors and correct them. It’s also a good idea to reboot your machine and verifying that the “smartd” service started automatically.

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  1. aprogrammer

    Thanks for the post. I was using this instruction – http://sysadmin.te.ua/linux/smartd.html . It has more explanation about separate smartd log files, almost all smartd.conf options and debug all smartd process (email sending, logs output,daemon startup options). Hope it helps to improve.