[Grml] grml for hardware inventorying

Timo Ballin timo2010 at ballin.se
Thu Feb 24 22:11:56 CET 2011

It quite easy to do with grml:

I have a PXE boot set up which identify the hardware for an automated 

Basicaly I load via boot options a perl script (  netscript=server/file) 
which mounts a nfs drive, does a "hwinfo" converts the output to XML
and saves that to the nfs, I use only "hwinfo --bios" to get some serial 
numbers - but "hwinfo --all" should to the trick for you.

XML because its quite nice to query the hwinfo information with xpath.


Am 24.02.2011 04:56, schrieb Ernesto Domato:
> Hi. Today I received a mail from a friend asking me if I know any tool
> to make hardware inventorying and I remember using one Linux bootable
> from floppy that did that but at tis time is too old and obsolete (and
> I don't remember its name either :-) ).
> So, I was thinking if grml comes with some kind of this software that
> could save the information on a USB or through network.
> Doing a fast search on Debian repository there's something called
> "ocsinventory" but seems not to be part of grml (maybe I should
> remaster a CD with it).
> And the "hardware detection tool" that you can use at boot time is not
> usable for this since I didn't find a way to save the information to a
> device not network so is hard to inventory about 50 computers with it.
> Thanks for all.
> Ernesto.
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