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Re: [dmidecode] Dmidecode 2.8 has been released

From: Jean Delvare
Subject: Re: [dmidecode] Dmidecode 2.8 has been released
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 23:27:39 +0100

[Jean Delvare]
> > Dmidecode 2.8 was released yesterday as was initially planned. The
> > changes from 2.7 are as follows:

[Petter Reinholdtsen]
> Great to hear.  I just found time to make a new Debian release.  It
> was uploaded into Debian a few minutes ago, and should be available
> from mirrors tomorrow or the day after.

Great, thanks!

> I had no problems getting it to work, but the change of output format
> (removal of trailing period in the Handle lines) made me a bit worried
> that I might break systems using the dmidecode output.  I hope it will
> go unnoticed. :)

Well, the format change which happened in version 2.7 was rather more
intrusive, and nobody complained as far as I know. I don't expect the
removal of a trailing period to affect anyone out there.

Anyway, if this change or the previous one really affects some
application, its author is invited to consider using the new command
line interface rather than parsing the output of dmidecode, where
possible. The drawback is that doing so will make the said application
depend on a recent version of dmidecode, but the nice benefit is that
future output format changes will no more affect the application, and
it's also more efficient that way.

Jean Delvare

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