Disk monitoring

Todd Troxell xtat at rapidpacket.com
Mon Feb 28 00:58:54 CST 2005

I just had a thought about usability and hard disks.

Things we know:
-IDE disks die, a lot.
-Sometimes they start getting read errors before they die completely.
-Joe user probably doesn't have backups.

I am not sure *how* to do it, but it seems we should alert users in a
friendly way that their hard disk may be about to spin it's last, detectable
by scanning the logs for read/media errors.

Maybe a notification area applet for tracking general system ailments?  I 
imagine there is other stuff in the logs worth harvesting.

[   Todd J. Troxell                                         ,''`.
      Student, Debian GNU/Linux Developer, SysAdmin, Geek  : :' :
      http://debian.org || http://rapidpacket.com/~xtat    `. `' 
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