Catastrophic disk failure, where was smartd?

David G. Mackay mackay_d at bellsouth.net
Wed Mar 26 14:16:28 UTC 2008


On Wed, 2008-03-26 at 09:57 -0400, Tom Horsley wrote:
> On Wed, 26 Mar 2008 08:35:49 -0500
> "David G. Mackay" <mackay_d at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> 
> > Shouldn't there have been some indication of problems prior to the
> > failure?
> 
> I have a feeling smartd is quite a lot like the emergency lights
> we have at work. They come on fine when you press the "test" button,
> but if the power actually goes out, they don't work at all :-).

Sort of like the $20 component that vaporizes itself to save the $.10
fuse from blowing?

> Most UPS boxes seem to be about the same. They'll be reporting
> self test OK and lots of battery life, then the power actually
> fails, and they fall over dead.

Fortunately, mine seem to kicking in when they should, except for the
one that died of old age.

Dave





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