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True, but how many people monitor SMART logs on a laptop, or even a desktop?
More to the point, how many of the people disabling the auto-fsck monitor their SMART
Posted Jan 18, 2008 22:00 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
smartd can send you emails when things go suspiciously wrong.
Posted Jan 18, 2008 22:05 UTC (Fri) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054)
True. How many people have system-level email working properly on their laptops, and
are able to get such emails?
Posted Jan 18, 2008 22:14 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Um, anyone competent? All sorts of other email, some security-important,
gets sent by various daemons and shouldn't just be binned or ignored... of
course a lot of people aren't competent :/
Posted Jan 18, 2008 22:20 UTC (Fri) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054)
My programmer coworkers have enough trouble with the task, and they're techies.
Forget about the non-techie user that is adopting Linux more and more.
Everyone sets up their GUI mail program, and totally ignores the system-level MTA
(sendmail/postfix/exim). They just never get those emails.
(Sysadmin types being the exception, of course, but they're few and far between these
Posted Jan 19, 2008 18:35 UTC (Sat) by raxyx (subscriber, #50026)
So THAT's that these MTAs are for. Cool.
> Everyone sets up their GUI mail program, and totally ignores the system-level MTA
> (sendmail/postfix/exim). They just never get those emails.
Full ack on that. On some of my Debian machines, during the boot sequence, the thing that
takes the most time to get loaded is exim4, so one day I got fed up with it and removed it,
didn't notice any difference afterwards. I guess I'm going to rethink that move :-)
lightweight MTAs for outgoing mail only
Posted Jan 19, 2008 20:08 UTC (Sat) by liamh (subscriber, #4872)
I have taken to removing exim4 and installing either ssmtp or nullmailer
aptitude install ssmtp exim4- exim4-base- exim4-config- exim4-daemon-light-
Just enough MTA to get the word out. Since few people want/need a full MTA, this seems like
it should be the default. But I don't smart disk monitoring; a few years back I tried it and
it led to some unreliable system behavior.
Posted Jan 19, 2008 1:56 UTC (Sat) by cortana (subscriber, #24596)
Well, Debian configures smartd to both mail root and display a notification on the desktops of
currently-logged-in users. :)
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