[smartmontools-support] scheduled self tests

Christian Franke Christian.Franke at t-online.de
Wed Jul 22 17:06:23 CEST 2020

serando wrote:
> Yes, I use the debian based distribution: "MX Linux". So it's B). And 
> yes, I also found the file "/var/lib/smartmontools/smartd.*"
> 1)
> Quote: "~B), but the test will be performed after second device polling. "
> I do not understand "*second device polling*". I only let monitor the 
> device sda. I do not let monitor a *second device* (HDD).

... not "(second device) polling" but "second (device polling)" or 
"second check of all devices". The first check of all devices is done 
during smartd startup but scheduled self-tests are temporarily disabled 

> 2)
> It looks like smartd is started automatically when I start Linux, 
> because I find it in Htop. But I do not know with which parameters 
> smartd starts. How can I find this out or even change it?

On Debian with systemd, see /lib/systemd/system/smartd.service and the 
configured EnvironmentFile (usually /etc/default/smartmontools).

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