smartd automated scanning failing

Ubence Quevedo thatrat at
Mon Dec 1 09:49:43 PST 2014

Hi All,

Is this the right area that I should be posting regarding my problem with

I see plenty of other responses for building/configuration problems with
software, but not much on after the software is installed.

I'd really like to know what I can do to make this work properly, but I'm
not sure I'm posting to the right place?


On Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 7:04 AM, Ubence Quevedo <thatrat at> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I'm not sure that this is the right place to post this, but it seems that
> smartmontools that I have installed through port isn't scanning drive when
> I have the appropriate configuration file at /opt/local/etc/smartd.conf
> configured.
> Here's the relevant line to run a short scan at 5AM every morning and then
> a long scan at 6AM:
> /dev/disk0 -H -l error -l selftest -f -s (S/../.././05|L/../.././06) -m
> xxxxxxx at
> I took a look at the console, and saw the following lines when the
> scanning was supposed to occur:
> Nov 25 05:22:24 Ubences-Intel-iMac.local smartd[152]: Authorization,
> server not available
> Nov 25 05:22:24 Ubences-Intel-iMac.local smartd[152]: Device: /dev/disk0,
> execute Short Self-Test failed.
> Nov 25 06:22:25 Ubences-Intel-iMac.local smartd[152]: Device: /dev/disk0,
> execute Long Self-Test failed.
> What stands out to me is the first line "Authorization, server not
> available".
> I've tried looking for info on this particular output, but I can't find
> anything to trace back to how this is occurring?
> I think this might not have been working since Mavericks.  It used to work
> perfectly in Lion and Mountain Lion.
> I'm running the latest version of smartmontools that MacPorts has
> available [6.2].
> Has anyone else run into this error...?
> -Ubence
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