Smartd and smartmontools problem/issue

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After apt-get dist-upgrade from Sarge to Debian Etch, the last task it was to do, was to upgrade and restart smartd.

Error

The following error was obtained:

Installing new version of config file /etc/init.d/smartmontools ...
Enabling S.M.A.R.T..../dev/sda...unable to fetch IEC (SMART) mode page [unsupported field in scsi command]
(failed).../dev/sdb...unable to fetch IEC (SMART) mode page [unsupported field in scsi command]
(failed)...done.
Starting S.M.A.R.T. daemon: smartd.
invoke-rc.d: initscript smartmontools, action "start" failed.
dpkg: error processing smartmontools (--configure):
 subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 2

Solution

After looking long and hard via google etc., I found this thread: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=365027;msg=70

vi /etc/default/smartmontools
//comment out:
#enable_smart="/dev/hda /dev/hdb"
#enable_smart="/dev/sda /dev/sdb"

Leave start_smartd=yes uncommented for it to start on boot.

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