How to detect hard disk failure ?

Alexander Haderer alexander.haderer at
Fri May 16 07:40:56 PDT 2003

At 09:27 16.05.2003 -0500, Pranav A. Desai wrote:
>The other thing that I thought of doing is to capture /var/log/messages
>for any errors regarding disks. But I have two problems with that.
>1) I dont know how to do tail -f in shell script.

Take a look at fetchlog, it was made just for this kind of job:

>2) I am not sure if messages gives all kinds of disk errors.

disk error messages appear as kernel messages, and they are part of 
messages. See /etc/syslog.conf. If you try fetchlog think about a special 
logfile for kernelmessages only. Again: man syslogd, man syslog.conf, man 

with best regards,


Alexander Haderer             Charite Berlin - Germany

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