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  1. 1 hour ago, spazmc said:

    So what is wrong with Unraid charging for cloud based backup. If you want it?

    Some of you are already paying someone else to to do it.

    I'm fine with LimeTech charging subscription fees for any kind of service, whether cloud-based backup, priority access to tech support, or any other service for which they incur ongoing costs.  I hope such services are made available to licensees as well as future customers who choose to acquire Unraid through subscriptions.  


    As long as LimeTech continues to offer traditional (non-subscription) Unraid OS licenses that include access to all 'core OS features' and upgrades, I will be rooting for them as they expand their customer base and revenue stream through subscription offerings.  After all, it's in my best interests as a customer for LimeTech to be a thriving, profitable business.  

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    3 minutes ago, jonp said:

    Man I think some folks out there got really burned by a few bad companies.  

    No, we really got burned by a bunch of greedy companies, many of which started out by pushing subscriptions as options only to later remove the ability to buy traditional licenses.  I have two packages I can think of right now where the publishers removed features and then charged customers subscription fees to get the features back.


    3 minutes ago, jonp said:

    Of course things that are core to the OS itself will not be a part of a subscription.  That includes ZFS.  It will be a core function of Unraid OS.  However, anything that requires services to be provided by us to support wouldn't be something that's just part of the OS.  Anything where we have to provide a hosted infrastructure has an ongoing cost and those offerings will be considered services that come with a subscription.  Technical support could be one thing, other cloud-based services could be another (think cloud-based backups).  I certainly don't imagine anyone has found a cloud storage solution that is free, unlimited, and uncompressed.

    You say "of course," but you are the first person to clearly articulate what LimeTech means by a 'core' feature of the OS versus a "premium feature." Cloud-based backups was another example I had actually written up but deleted for brevity when I was citing things that might be examples of premium features.


    I'm okay with what you describe above and I think that most people would be.  I think it's a mistake to refer to "premium features" and I would consider coining another term like "hosted features."


    I think it's important to tell traditional license holders that they will have access to all of the subscription-based features so long as they pay the associated subscription fees.  So if I want a subscription to a year's worth of tech support, then I pay $X for it, regardless of whether I have Unraid through a traditional license or a monthly subscription (just to cite one example).


    Thank you for addressing my questions and concerns.


  3. On 8/13/2020 at 7:02 PM, SpencerJ said:

    Your Unraid license will still include all future upgrades and features and you will still be able to purchase licenses for a one-time fee.

    Fast forward four months:

    On 12/9/2020 at 2:49 PM, SpencerJ said:

    We are also committed to any future subscription offerings being tied only to added premium features not already included with the OS.

    Which is it?  Will customers who bought licenses still get "all future upgrades and features" or are there going to be new, "premium features" developed which will only be available to subscribers?


    Every major upgrade of Unraid has included "features not already included with the [prior version of] the OS."  In the future, would such new features be termed "premium features" only available to subscribers?


    Finally, are we conflating "features" with "services"?  I'm fine with there being a subscription offered for direct access to priority tech support, for example.  But I'm not fine with discovering one day that ZFS is available on Unraid -- but only to subscribers.


    Thanks for considering my concerns.

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  4. I did as you directed and it worked perfectly! 

    Unraid rebooted and immediately flagged the drive's health after providing a notification of the reallocated sector.


    Here's the file before and after acknowledging the condition:

    root@Unraid-N5550:/boot/config/plugins/dynamix# cat monitor.ini
    root@Unraid-N5550:/boot/config/plugins/dynamix# cat monitor.ini

    Thanks again.  It would have taken me a long time to find that without your help.

    34 minutes ago, Vr2Io said:

    TS-851, ATOM J1800, now places as spare.

    FYR, performance drop a lot with dual parity with 13 disks ( 2 parity + 11 data disk, some were USB disk )

    That's a supercomputer compared to my Thecus N5550 Unraid box! 

    Atom D2550 vs. Intel Celeron J1800


    My Thecus box is only dealing with two parity, three data drives, and a single cache SSD.  It pretty much saturates gigabit, but it can't do any virtualization (I just want it to be a simple NAS, though).


    It looks like your DOM is a USB device that plugs into what seems to be a standard, two-row, dual-port USB header on the motherboard.  I guess you could put your Unraid boot drive into that header using an appropriate, USB-A-terminated cable.


    I feel better with my Thecus DOM in an anti-static bag -- rather than plugged into the box, awaiting something stepping on it or the BIOS deciding to boot from it (think dying button cell battery).  That it gives me a SATA port for the SSD is just a plus.


    My QNAP is a TS-853A, BTW.


    Thanks again.

  5. 34 minutes ago, Vr2Io said:

    The correct one is " /boot/config/plugins/dynamix/monitor.ini "


    You need "stop array" first then at command prompt delete or modify the file, then type "reboot" ASAP


    The content look like as below,  "100" or something else is the SMART attribute ID in my case 


    Thank you, that's exactly what I wanted!  I really appreciate all of your effort.  I'll let you know how it goes.


    37 minutes ago, Vr2Io said:

    So good that Thecus have extra SATA port for this, my QNAP have too but no SATA socket solder on PCB.

    Which QNAP model?

  6. On 12/10/2020 at 5:06 PM, Frank1940 said:

    You might want to take a time out at this point.  Go to Wikipedia and look up the article on S.M.A.R.T.

    You might want to back off on the condescension. I started working with hard drives when they had physical labels that listed the bad sectors; you would type in the list when initializing the drives.  You can just see the corner of a metal computer case in background of that photo -- it's a CP/M-80 Z80 system that I built, initially with floppies and later upgraded with a 5MB (yes, megabyte), Tandon TM501, 5.25", full-height, drive interfaced to the computer with an MFM-to-SCSI adapter.  I built that computer before IBM released a PC. I was already an embedded systems engineer at that time.  



    The really critical attributes that you want to be flagging for action (particularly if you are a bit paranoid!) are 196, 197 and 198

    The drive in question, a Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD (mentioned above), doesn't even report those attributes! Samsung's white paper entitled Using SMART Attributes to Estimate Drive Lifetime: Increase ROI by Measuring the SSD Lifespan in Your Workload says that "the most important indicators of drive health [on Samsung SSDs] are attributes 179, 181, 182, and 183."  I think that I'll follow Samsung's guidance -- at least the attributes they identify are actually reported by the drive.


    Going forward, I will avail myself of this forum's "poll" feature should I seek community input on best-practices for running my Unraid server. 


    Thank you for your input. 

  7. I've got an 8-bay QNAP and it's working fine.  The Thecus, on the other hand, is pretty much abandoned with no software updates in years.  I took out the DOM, built a power cable, and attached my 1TB Samsung 840 EVO in its place.  Thecus was kind enough to pre-punch holes in the top to screw a 2.5" drive up there.  (see attached photo)


    Looking at disk.cfg, I do wonder if deleting it would cause me to have to reconfigure a boatload of stuff.  Also, I'm not seeing any line that looks like it's related to the acknowledgement of the thumbs down health status.  But I'll have to try it later.


    # Generated settings:



  8. Thanks Vr2lo!  Here's the output of the ls command on /boot/config:


    root@Unraid-N5550:/boot/config# ls -lrt
    total 88
    drwx------ 2 root root 4096 Nov 30 06:15 wireguard/
    drwx------ 2 root root 4096 Nov 30 06:15 ssh/
    -rw------- 1 root root   33 Nov 30 06:15 machine-id
    -rw------- 1 root root  169 Nov 30 06:16 docker.cfg
    drwx------ 3 root root 4096 Nov 30 06:16 ssl/
    -rw------- 1 root root  256 Nov 30 06:16 Trial.key
    -rw------- 1 root root  119 Nov 30 06:18 flash.cfg
    -rw------- 1 root root  106 Nov 30 07:13 network.cfg
    -rw------- 1 root root   71 Nov 30 07:13 go
    drwx------ 2 root root 4096 Nov 30 18:04 shares/
    -rw------- 1 root root  378 Dec  7 15:39 network-rules.cfg
    -rw------- 1 root root    7 Dec  9 16:13 drift
    -rw------- 1 root root  512 Dec  9 17:49 random-seed
    drwx------ 2 root root 4096 Dec  9 18:42 plugins-removed/
    drwx------ 8 root root 4096 Dec  9 18:42 plugins/
    -rw------- 1 root root   33 Dec  9 18:56 smart-all.cfg
    -rw------- 1 root root  714 Dec  9 18:57 ident.cfg
    -rw------- 1 root root  577 Dec  9 18:57 share.cfg
    -rw------- 1 root root 2411 Dec  9 20:48 disk.cfg
    -rw------- 1 root root  199 Dec 10 06:46 domain.cfg
    -rw------- 1 root root 4096 Dec 10 11:53 super.dat
    -rw------- 1 root root  796 Dec 10 11:53 parity-checks.log




    1 hour ago, ChatNoir said:

    Most SMART attribute are never reset.

    Once the drive has a realocated sector, I don't think the value will go back to 0.

    You are correct and that aligns with what I know about SMART attributes.  (Don't get me started about the stupidity of not being able to clear UDMA CRC errors -- which are almost always caused by bad cables or connectors.  I've got a perfectly healthy drive with a bunch of UDMA CRC errors left over from some long-ago-corrected cabling issue.)


    1 hour ago, ChatNoir said:

    If this is not an issue, I think this is the correct thing to do to acknowledge the issue to be alerted if the number increase once more.


    I did acknowledge it, turning the thumbs down into a thumbs up, but then had second thoughts.  


    Now I want to "undo" my acknowledgement so that the drive health goes back to a thumbs-down on the Dashboard.  As I wrote previously, "I want it to go back to showing thumbs down for any drive with more than 0 reallocated sectors -- like it did before I acknowledged the thumbs down on that cache drive."


    There must be a way to return the Dashboard GUI to its default behavior.  But I've been poring over menus and config files and I'm not seeing where the reallocation count limit has been changed for that SSD.  So any help is appreciated.


  10. Thanks, but that didn't affect the thumbs-up I am seeing on the Dashboard.  It started at a thumbs up "healthy" on the cache drive and it stayed at a thumbs up "healthy" even though there is one reallocated sector. 


    I want it to go back to showing thumbs down for any drive with more than 0 reallocated sectors -- like it did before I acknowledged the thumbs down on that cache drive.


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  11. Sorry for the convoluted subject line.  I'll explain.  I have a 1TB SSD with a single reallocated sector.  I've set that up as my cache drive, but the Dashboard tab on Unraid was showing a thumbs-down 👎 next to "healthy" for that drive.  So I clicked on it to override it to healthy, thinking that the status going to unhealthy again will alert me to new sector reallocations.


    But I had second thoughts and wondered how I could reset it so that it would go back to the default behavior of a thumbs-down for that SSD.  At first, I hoped it was a browser cookie, but I proved that wrong.


    Does anyone know how to return that indicator to its normal function (thumbs down on that drive because it has a reallocated sector)?

  12. I have a directory within a share that I wish to sync:



    I put that path in to a clean install of the Syncthing app on my Unraid system.  I repeatedly got permission errors when mkdir tried to create the path.


    Every single directory was drwxrwxrwx below /mnt/

    I even tried changing /mnt/ with a chmod 777.  Still no joy.


    I uninstalled Synthing thinking I would start fresh.  But then I found that uninstalling it left droppings -- /mnt/user/appdata/syncthing/ with various files and directories under it.  How is that an uninstall?


    I'm sure that there must be simple directions somewhere, perhaps in a wiki, that explains how to sync an existing directory using Syncthing under Unraid.  This stuff of going through pages of Docker and Syncthing settings and trying to figure out what settings need to change is nuts.

  13. Coming from QNAP and Thecus to Unraid, I find one important feature missing:  A simple means of identifying drives by physical location in the chassis.


    I recommend that Unraid implement a feature where a user could help Unraid construct a graphic representation of drive location by providing the following:


    Horizontal or vertical drives?

    Number of rows?

    Number of columns?

    Then provide a means for the user to map controllers to physical disk locations (perhaps SCSI device numbers if those don't change).





    Vertical drive orientation, 1 row, 5 columns



    Horizontal drive orientation, 6 rows, 4 columns



    Horizontal drive orientation, 5 rows, 1 column.


    I am not suggesting that the Unraid GUI provide a photorealistic representation, just line drawings that repeat horizontal and vertical rectangles to represent the relative locations of drives, with red/green indicators to show drives being bad/good. 


    Rather than having to shut down the Unraid server and pull the drives out one at a time searching for a serial number, the user could be presented with an image that showed them precisely which drive had failed.


    I know that this would not address every possible configuration, and that various customers have mixed vertical and horizontal orientation drives, sometimes in multiple chassis.  But it would help a very large percentage of Unraid customers.


    Note:  I recognize that there are ways to identify which drives are in which physical locations, including high-tech solutions utilizing Post-Its, label makers, sketches, etc. This is a feature request for those who find those methods lacking.