Updated smartmontools packages that fix various bugs and adds multiple enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The smartmontools package contains two utility programs (smartctl and smartd) 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 package has 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#697235
Prior to this update, the format in which certain HP SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) drives returned SMART data was not recognized by smartmontools and the following error message "scsi response fails sanity test" was logged. With this update, smartmontools now correctly recognizes the data and this error no longer occurs.
All users of smartmontools are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs and add this enhancement.