[smartmontools-support] Compiled 7.2 from source, but smartctl fails?

Schorschi Decker schorschi at dc.rr.com
Mon Jul 12 16:19:00 CEST 2021

The issue is not where the binary actually is, found it... the issue is 
the documentation is wrong.  The instructions state that the binary will 
be placed at /usr/local/bin.  But that is not the case.  Please update 
the documentation.  Also, the unit file for systemd, defaults to the 
wrong directory as well.  It should default to /usr/local/bin, if in 
fact that is the documented and actual default location of a make and 
make install sequence with no change of the directory destination.  
Surely the documentation can be updated, right?


On 7/7/2021 04:13, Carlos E. R. wrote:
>>     # smartctl
>>     -bash: /usr/sbin/smartctl: No such file or directory
>>     Per the documentation and actual location is 
>> /usr/local/sbin/smartctl.
>>     So what the heck?
> I don't have the initial message of the thread.
> It is possible that you *had* /usr/sbin/smartctl, and your session 
> still remembers it. So, check to see what is there:
> ls -l /usr/sbin/smartctl
> and then perhaps try a new session. Probably just do "su -" in a new 
> terminal would suffice.
> Also, verify what you have in /usr/local/sbin/:
> ls -l /usr/local/sbin/smart*
> Notice that even if your current directory is "/usr/local/sbin/", bash 
> will look at the path and ignore the current directory when told to 
> execute a program.
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