Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 296441
dmidecode is missing
Last modified: 2007-11-16 20:14:46 EST
Description of problem:
The dmidecode tool is missing in the package that is provided.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.rpm -ivh kernel-utils
2.rpm -qil kernel-utils
3.The information will tell you that dmidecode should be installed with this
package but the program is not located in on the system.
-bash: dmidecode: command not found
Valuable data containing information about system BIOS etc.
What architecture is this on? dmidecode should be present in both the i386 and
x86_64 kernel-utils, but is not in the powerpc or itanium versions (though in
glancing through the spec file, it looks like we do mention dmidecode even on
Sorry for that. Yes, it's an Itanium.
Is that a miss on your behalf and will it be made available? The reason to why
we need it is because we are looking for a easy solution to do inventory of
If there is another tool provided that exist for at least i386, x86_64 and
Itanium that would be sufficient for us.
dmidecode was intentionally disabled on ia64 for RHEL3, as it didn't actually
work on the bulk of itanium systems out there. Its since improved in later
versions of dmidecode, and we do ship dmidecode for ia64 in RHEL4 and RHEL5.
With RHEL3 recently moved to maintenance mode, where only critical
crasher/security bugs are addressed, you're not going to see a RHEL3
kernel-utils with dmidecode for ia64.
However, I'm not aware of any reason you couldn't just rebuild the RHEL4
kernel-utils srpm for RHEL3, or selectively grab the ia64 dmidecode patch from
the RHEL4 srpm and add it to the RHEL3 one, to get what you're after.