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SubjectRe: 2.6.22-rc3 hibernate(?) disables SMART on ide
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Tejun Heo <htejun@gmail.com> wrote:
> David Greaves wrote:

>> I have 2 ide disks. If I enable SMART and hibernate/suspend2disk, SMART is
>> disabled when I resume.

<snip>

Maybe it's disabled by the BIOS?

> According to the ATA standard, the device (drive) itself is responsible
> for preserving SMART enabled status over power cycles. It seems your
> drive doesn't wanna do that. I don't think mangling with SMART setup in
> the kernel is wise thing to do. Bruce, any ideas? Maybe hook smartd
> such that it gets suspend/resume events?

1) Enabling smart is a single command
2) The command should not fail, and if it fails, it's probably because
it's not supported. There is nothing userspace can do better or worse.
3) There should be no bad effect from enabling smart, except if the BIOS
insists on not booting because of a bad RAID disk. (That's why I like
to disable it in the BIOS)
4) Not enabling smart is a common failure in many setups. Usurally the admin
will have to enumerate the attached disks and patch the smartctl startup
scripts.
5) Sometimes there is no smartd (or udev) running, and you'll still not want
to re-enable smart each time you suspend.
6) A simple udev rule or smartd hook should be bigger than the code required
in-kernel.

Therefore I suggest setting the smart-enabled-bit in the kernel, in spite of
not being the kernel's duty. It would be a 99,99% DTRT.

OTOH: What would happen if the drive's command queue is full?
What happens for DMA handling (can we hitch-hike)?
Is it possible to just enqueue "enable_smart($DEV)"?

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