SysInfoTM 5.0 Release Notes

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Supported Systems

The following table indicates what platforms are supported for this release of SysInfo. This platform list is subject to change with each dot dot release of SysInfo.

Supported Class Information
OS Mfg Hard-
Gen Ker Sys HW SW Part Prt Lic NI NIF GUI Notes
AIX 4.3 - 5.1IBMpSeries (RS6000) YNYYYYYYYYY See Platform Notes
FreeBSD 4.0 - 4.x IA32 (x86) YYYYYYYYYYY See Platform Notes
HP-UX 10.20 - 11.11HPhp9000 YYNYYYYYYYY Versions prior to 10.20 should work but are untested. Version 11.11 is also known as 11i.
IRIX 6.5SGIMIPS YNYYYYYYYYY IRIX 6.5 tested. IRIX 5.x - 6.4 may no longer work.
Linux 2.2, 2.4 (glibc 2.1 and later) IA32 (x86) YYYYYYYYYYY Supported Distributions: Red Hat Linux 6.0 and later, Red Had Enterprise Linux 2.1 and later. Other distributions with Linux kernel 2.2 + glibc 2.1 and later should work. See Platform Notes
MacOS X 10.1 - 10.2ApplePower YYYYYYYYYYY1 1GUI requires Apple's X11 for OS X software.
See Platform Notes for more details.
Solaris 2.6 - 9SunSPARC YYYYYYYYYYY See Platform Notes
Solaris 7 - 9SunIA32 (x86) YYYYYYYYYYY Tested on limited hardware.
Y - Yes, it's supported
N - No, it's not supported
P - Planned
Gen - General Information (--class general)
Ker - Kernel Information (--class kernel)
Sys - SysConf Information (--class sysconf)
HW - Hardware (device) Information (--class hardware)
SW - Software Information (--class software)
Part - Partition Information (--class partition)
Prt - Printer Information (--class printer)
Lic - License Information (--class license)
NI - Network Information (--class network)
NIF - Network Interface Information (--class netif)
GUI - Graphical User Interface

System Requirements

The following are the system requirements for binary (precompiled) distributions:

License Information

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Major New Features/Improvements

This is a major new release which adds support for MacOS X, the new SysInfo Service Protocol (SSP) for remote access, major architectural changes, and many others.

The following major features/changes were added in this release:

The following additional features/changes were added in this release:

Platform Specific Changes

  • RPM software detection has been added. Previously just the native OS software registry was scanned. If the rpm command is found, RPM is now scanned in addition to the native registry.
  • Results from oslevel command are now cached to improve performance.
  • Windriver BSD/OS support has been removed due to low demand.
  • Software class data support as been added. Software registered with pkg_info(1) is reported.
  • Kernel class data now works on 64-bit systems.
  • Support for Apple's MacOS X has been added in this release.
  • Updated VESA DDC support to version 3.0.
  • Fix several bugs causing core dumps.
  • Solaris 2.5.1 support has been dropped with this release.
  • RPM software detection has been added. Previously just the native OS software registry was scanned. If the rpm command is found, RPM is now scanned in addition to the native registry.
  • Improve the CPU Type in General class to be more accurate.
  • Various system model and device definition updates including definetions for E10K, E15K, V100, and V120 models.

Many other changes and bug fixes were made. Please see the doc/CHANGES file in the distribution for a complete list of changes.

Platform Specific Notes

  • Support for querying SCSI devices has been added as of SysInfo version 4.2. However, devices in use - especially disks in use - will not contain the additional SCSI data because AIX (through at least version 4.3.3) does not provide a means of querying a SCSI device which is already in use.
  • If you are running HP-UX 11.00 you must install a current HP Quality Pack or else the SysInfo Agent will not work. To obtain a current QP from HP, please visit
  • When obtaining software class information on HP-UX, SysInfo may appear to be sluggish taking several minutes to gather information depending on the speed and hardware configuration of the system. It may also use lots of memory (20-70MB). These problems are due to the use of the HP-UX swlist command which is both slow in outputting information and copious in its output.
  • The SysInfo GUI requires that you have Apple's X11 User for OS X and X11 SDK for OS X installed prior to installing SysInfo. These packages are not part of MacOS X 10.1 - 10.2 and must be downloaded from Apple at
  • Printer class data is supported on MacOS X 10.2 or later. It is not supported on earlier releases.
Sun Solaris
  • Solaris 7 and later: Special compilation care is required on Solaris 7 and later. See the Solaris 7 and later compilation notes in the Installation documentation.
  • VESA Extend Display Identification Data (EDID) for monitors appears to only be available from Creator Series 2 (FFB2) and later Creator frame buffers. No sign of EDID data on any other Sun framebuffer so far.
  • Only IA32 (x86) 32-bit systems are currently supported.
  • Support for hardware class information is provided for Linux systems which run the Linux 2.2 or later kernel. Only devices connected to the PCI bus will be recognized by SysInfo even if Linux recognizes the device. Devices connected to ISA, EISA, MicroChannel, or other legacy buses will not be identified by SysInfo.
  • Kernel class data is not supported on Linux.
  • On FreeBSD 4.0 and later, devices on PCI buses are recognized. On releases prior to 4.0, both PCI and ISA bus devices are recognized. There is no EISA support.

Known Issues

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