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Re: kern/42552: smartd reports "not capable of SMART self-check"

The following reply was made to PR kern/42552; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Matthias Pfaller <>
Subject: Re: kern/42552: smartd reports "not capable of SMART self-check"
Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2010 16:49:14 +0100

 Manuel Bouyer wrote:
 > On Mon, Jan 04, 2010 at 07:10:06PM +0000, Matthias Pfaller wrote:
 >>  I have installed a kernel with this patch, but I can't reboot at the 
 >>  moment. I have an "atactl setstandby 3600" in my /etc/rc.local, so maybe 
 >>  the drives are in standby, when the error occurs.
 > Yes, that could explain it. Not sure if the self test can be run
 > when the drive is in standby mode. If the patch doesn't help, can you
 > see if disabling the standby timer solves the problem ?
 Disabling the standby timer "solves" the problem. But the documentation 
 of smartd states, that it should be able to work with drives in standby. 
 So either this doesn't work with netbsd or it just doesn't work with 
 Another thing: My previous system had drives on a piixide and when the 
 drives woke up from standby, the kernel did not log a error message. Now 
 I get errors like these from time to time:
 Jan 2 02:03:02 zork /netbsd: wd3e: device timeout reading fsbn 597712576 
 of 59$
 Jan 2 02:03:02 zork /netbsd: ahcisata0 port 3: device present, speed: 
 Jan 2 02:03:02 zork /netbsd: wd3: soft error (corrected)
 Is this something to be fixed or is piixide just more tolerant?
 Regards, Matthias

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