Updated smartmontools packages that fix multiple bugs and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
The smartmontools packages contain the smartctl and the smartd utilities to control and monitor storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System (SMART) built into most modern ATA and SCSI hard disks. In many cases, these utilities will provide advanced warning of disk degradation and failure.
The smartmontools packages have been upgraded to version 5.42, which provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous version. This update also features improved support of SATA disks on 3ware 9750 RAID controllers, improved support of SSD devices, and a much larger database of supported devices. (BZ#714123
Prior to this update, the smartd utility failed to handle multiple /dev/sgX devices, which were provided by the mptsas controller. As a consequence, the devices were not SMART self-check capable. This update modifies the underlying code so that smartd can now handle multiple /dev/sgX devices. Now, all devices pass the SMART self-check.
This update adds improved MegaRAID support to the smartmontools packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
All users of smartmontools are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs and add these enhancements.