smartmontools package needs mailserver?

Asked by Marcel

I was wondering my smartmontools requires me to install a mailserver like exim or postfix. I understand it has a daemon that monitors your drives continuously and can notify you in case of problems. This makes sense on a server, but not on a desktop system. I just want to run the smartctl tool once and done. No need for a mailserver daemon running all the time.


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Best Steven Danna (ssd7) said :

I believe that those packages come in through a "Recommends" rather than a "Depends" so you should be able to install it with the following command:

sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends install smartmontools

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Marcel (marcel-launchpad) said :

It's indeed a "Recommends", but I didn't realize I had the choice to not install them. Thanks for pointing this out.

When using aptitude instead of apt-get it is:

sudo aptitude --without-recommends install smartmontools