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[dmidecode] Why not libifing dmidecode ?

From: Erwan Velu
Subject: [dmidecode] Why not libifing dmidecode ?
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:50:13 +0200
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My name is Erwan Velu and I've been packaging dmidecode for linux distributions (Mandriva/mageia) but also part of the syslinux project.

I'm the author of a tool HDT (hardware detection tool) that aims at detecting the hardware configuration at the bootloader time.

It starts to become quite popular, used by many distro but also by hardware manufacturer, computers recycling associations, ...

Of course, DMI informations are very useful as it features so many items. When I started working on my project, I did a simple integration of dmidecode in it.

To be honest, dmidecode is mostly designed for printing things out directly to stdout. I'd love having a libdmi that allow detecting some stuff, feed a data structure than I'm able to print when necessary.

The other point, is that would help doing updates as you're pretty close to the available items in the most recent specs.

I'm pretty sure this changes could be very useful for other projects too.

Would you like working together on such libification work ?


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