On Thu, 3 Aug 2006, Antony Mawer wrote:


I could probably add around 1,500 systems that could conceivably be setup to chime in with their numbers periodically; one of the pre-requisites for that would be that the access method be HTTP or HTTPS based so it could be relayed via a proxy...

Another nice thing to include might be a hash of hardware inventory (a further opt-in thing beyond the basic checkins)... Mark alluded to this early in the piece, but it would be nice to be able to pull up something that said "hang on, out of the X% of users on file, Y% are using Adaptec SCSI cards, in particular model XYZ"... this would be very helpful when trying to get vendor support etc...

Some form of hash calculated on these would allow you to detect if they had changed at all, and only re-send them in the event of a change...

... just thinking out loud ... !

'k, so, how do we script this then?

Getting a list of devices is actually pretty easy, and I've tried this on my 4.x machines also, so it isn't something that will be a problem on older versions:

# pciconf -l
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:0:0: class=0x060000 card=0x00000000 chip=0x700c1022 rev=0x20 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:1:0: class=0x060400 card=0x00000000 chip=0x700d1022 rev=0x00 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:7:0: class=0x060100 card=0x00000000 chip=0x74401022 rev=0x05 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:7:1: class=0x01018a card=0x74411022 chip=0x74411022 rev=0x04 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:7:3: class=0x068000 card=0x74431022 chip=0x74431022 rev=0x03 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:9:0:  class=0x010400 card=0xc0351044 chip=0xa5111044 rev=0x01 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:11:0:        class=0x020000 card=0x10018086 chip=0x100f8086 
rev=0x01 hdr=0x00
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:16:0:        class=0x060400 card=0x00000000 chip=0x74481022 
rev=0x05 hdr=0x01
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:0:0: class=0x0c0310 card=0x74491022 chip=0x74491022 rev=0x07 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:7:0: class=0x030000 card=0x80081002 chip=0x47521002 rev=0x27 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:8:0:  class=0x020000 card=0x10408086 chip=0x12298086 rev=0x10 

And, more specifically, we can get:

# pciconf -l -v
[EMAIL PROTECTED]:9:0:  class=0x010400 card=0xc0351044 chip=0xa5111044 rev=0x01 
    vendor   = 'Adaptec (Formerly: Distributed Processing Technology (DPT))'
    device   = 'Raptor SmartRAID Controller'
    class    = mass storage
    subclass = RAID

So, with that one command, we can get a fair amount of hardware information ... but, how to feed that into a proper HTTP request? Storing all of that information would be cool, cause then we could build reports based on device driver / vendor / device / class and subclass ... but that might be a bit heavy to do in an HTTP request, no? I take it email isn't an option, in your case?

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