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Re: [kde-linux] Hard Disk issues

On 01/22/2014 10:29 PM, Duncan wrote:
James Tyrer posted on Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:24:06 -0700 as excerpted:

The fist strange issue is that KInfoCenter doesn't find my Hard Disk.

Can't help you with that one as I don't have kinfocenter installed in my
"just what I'll use and what that requires" installation at all.  (Which,
given that I follow kde-live-branch and generally have fifty-ish kde
package updates when I update every week or so already... doesn't make me
inclined to add another package I don't actually need to the list, when
the info it would provide is available at the CLI or in other GUI tools.)

Have you considered writing some scripts? :-) At least that was what I did. I found that having a script that read a text file to tell it what to do was the most efficient method.

The other problem I am having is with Gnome-Disk-Utility which I
installed because KDE doesn't do S.M.A.R.T.  I has previously installed
the command line S.M.A.R.T. tool: smartmontools and set it up to have
the daemon start at boot.  It appears to be working correctly.

The GUI app: Gnome-Disks works and it finds all of my disks including
the Hard Disk /dev/hdh.  However, I have a Fedora 15 Live CD and on
that, Gnome-Disks has more information and some other information that
it it has to have obtained with S.M.A.R.T.

While I don't have that tool installed either, I'd wonder if one or both
problems are permissions related.  Presumably the liveCD has permissions
adjusted just right... either directly or (more likely) via polkit,
systemd, etc, which I know I don't have nor want on my system here.

I presume that KInfoCenter managed to find other information by reading the /proc directory. I understand that KInfoCenter uses Solid.

The other possibility is optional deps.  IIRC you run LFS and build
everything yourself, right?  Did you check the pre-build configure
options and/or what it detected and didn't detect, thus disabling at

Or attack the same thing from a different angle.  Check the gnome-disks
package rpm deps from the liveCD and compare them to yours, working your
way back a level or two for things like udisks, etc.

A live CD only has an ISO of the installed system -- NO RPMs but it is still a good idea that I will try since the source didn't give much information on what it might be dependent on. I will have to download the RPM and perhaps the SRPM to see if there was anything added.

Any ideas how to fix KDE so that it sees my disks?

Any Idea what to do to get Gnome-Disks to work with S.M.A.R.T.?

Or, is that an application for KDE that works with S.M.A.R.T.?

Based on previous on-list discussion, there's an open kde feature request
bug for a kde-based smart-monitoring tool, and no such tool in
existence... directly at least.

If I were so inclined, here, I'd probably hack-script my own solution up,
either as a superkaramba theme (my current theme can be seen filling the
top monitor-screen of three, in the screenshot here:
http://wstaw.org/m/2013/05/11/duncan-fullscreen.png ) or yasp-scripted
config (I used that before setting up superkaramba, it's available in kde-
look), or using something like kdialog notifications, based on the CLI
smartmon tool.

Actually, the Gnome app is nice if I could figure out how to have the other information working on it. Perhaps someone could simply port it to KDE. I understand that this isn't really that difficult.

James Tyrer

Linux (mostly) From Scratch
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