libatasmart viability

Przemek Klosowski przemek.klosowski at
Tue Jun 10 19:30:42 UTC 2014

Is libatasmart a going concern? The functionality overlaps with 
smartmontools, and the development seems to have stalled [1]. I 
originally started using libatasmart few years ago because it had better 
support for USB bridges, i.e. it allowed reading SMART data from USB 
external enclosures, which smartctl couldn't do at the time.

Recently, however, I ran into issues in skdump reading the SSD SMART 
attributes. I opened a bugzilla case [2], but there has been no traffic 

Is there a reason for two SMART utilities?  I believe that the current 
smartctl functionality is a superset of libatasmart's. Are there 
capabilities in libatasmart that justify its separate existence?

[1] last commit on is from 2 
years ago
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