smart-notifier doesn't display the faulty disk device when warning about disk health status

Bug #1648981 reported by WaltSullivan on 2016-12-10
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This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
smart-notifier (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
Unassigned
smartmontools (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
Unassigned

Bug Description

I have four disks attached to my system (Ububntu 16.04.1 LTS). smartmontools showed me a popup (attached). The popup says "The hard disk health status has changed...".

Which hard disk?

This popup has only 1 bit of information (I should worry about one or more disks). It should have more information (which disk, old status/new status, ...)

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
Package: smartmontools 6.4+svn4214-1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-53.74-generic 4.4.30
Uname: Linux 4.4.0-53-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Sat Dec 10 10:04:45 2016
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-01-23 (1416 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Release amd64 (20120425)
SourcePackage: smartmontools
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

WaltSullivan (walts) wrote :
Eric Desrochers (slashd) wrote :

I agree that displaying the faulty disk may be a good feature since the warning message doesn't say much about which disk amongst the 4 is the faulty one.

Extra steps are needed in order to identify the faulty disk.

The warning :

"The hard disk health status has changed. This could mean that hard drive failure is imminent. It is always a good idea to have up to date backups"

is generated by "smart-notifier" src code.

I think this falls under "Wishlist" as this is according to me a missing functionality.

Changed in smartmontools (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
summary: - Useless warning popup
+ smart-notifier doesn't display the faulty disk when warning about disk
+ health status
Changed in smart-notifier (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Eric Desrochers (slashd) on 2016-12-14
summary: - smart-notifier doesn't display the faulty disk when warning about disk
- health status
+ smart-notifier doesn't display the faulty disk device when warning about
+ disk health status
William Ricker (bill-n1vux) wrote :

Please add to wishlist not only which drive, but what the status changed from and to.

I recently added a WD USB3 outboard drive, and apparently it changing from no SMART status to PASSED got me this scary and imprecise warning when SMART next ran -- as the only other drive is an M.2 SSD without SMART enabled.

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