ndctl−monitor − Monitor the smart events of nvdimm objects


ndctl monitor [<options>]


ndctl monitor is used for monitoring the smart events of nvdimm objects and dumping the json format notifications to syslog, standard output or a logfile.

The objects to monitor and smart events to notify can be selected by setting options and/or the configuration file at /etc/ndctl/monitor.conf.

Both, the values in configuration file and in options will work. If there is a conflict, the values in options will override the values in the configuration file. Any updated values in the configuration file will take effect only after the monitor process is restarted.


Run a monitor as a daemon to monitor DIMMs on bus "nfit_test.1"

ndctl monitor −−bus=nfit_test.1 −−daemon

Run a monitor as a one−shot command and output the notifications to /var/log/ndctl.log

ndctl monitor −−log=/var/log/ndctl.log

Run a monitor daemon as a system service

systemctl start ndctl−monitor.service


−b, −−bus=

Enforce that the operation only be carried on devices that are attached to the given bus. Where bus can be a provider name or a bus id number.

−d, −−dimm=

A nmemX device name, or dimm id number. Select the devices to monitor reference the given dimm.

−r, −−region=

A regionX device name, or a region id number. The keyword all can be specified to carry out the operation on every region in the system, optionally filtered by bus id (see −−bus= option).

−n, −−namespace=

A namespaceX.Y device name, or namespace region plus id tuple X.Y.

−l, −−log=

Send log messages to the specified destination.

  • "<file>": Send log messages to specified . When fopen() is not able to open , log messages will be forwarded to syslog.

  • "syslog": Send messages to syslog.

  • "standard": Send messages to standard output.

The default log destination is syslog if "−−daemon" is specified, otherwise standard. Note that standard and relative path for will not work if "−−daemon" is specified.

−c, −−config−file=

Provide the config file to use. This overrides the default config typically found in /etc/ndctl


Run a monitor as a daemon.

−D, −−dimm−event=

Name of an smart health event from the following:

  • "dimm−spares−remaining": Spare Blocks Remaining value has gone below the pre−programmed threshold.

  • "dimm−media−temperature": NVDIMM Media temperature value has gone above the pre−programmed threshold.

  • "dimm−controller−temperature": NVDIMM Controller temperature value has gone above the pre−programmed threshold.

  • "dimm−health−state": NVDIMM Normal Health Status has changed

  • "dimm−unclean−shutdown": NVDIMM Last Shutdown Status was a unclean shutdown.

The monitor will attempt to enable the alarm control bits for all specified events.

−u, −−human

Output monitor notification as human friendly json format instead of the default machine friendly json format.

−v, −−verbose

Emit extra debug messages to log.

Copyright (c) 2018, FUJITSU LIMITED. License GPLv2: GNU GPL version 2 http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


ndctl−list(1), ndctl−inject−smart(1)

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