smartd automated scanning failing

Bradley Giesbrecht pixilla at
Thu Dec 4 15:46:27 PST 2014

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

> Hi All,

Hi from Turlock:)

> 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?

Can you run smartctl successfully?
sudo smartctl -P show /dev/disk0
sudo smartctl -t short /dev/disk0
sudo smartctl -a /dev/disk0

Bradley Giesbrecht (pixilla)

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