dmidecode: Due diligence

In case you hadn’t noticed, or in case it wasn’t obvious, I am getting close to the end of the D section, and drifting into software I have no business installing.

Not that these things are somehow verboten, they’re just esoteric or for an explicit group of people, or beyond the reach of casual newbs like me. (And yes, I consider myself a newb. Always have, always will.)

But in an effort to be fair to software that’s working and available, I’m mentioning it out loud here. Maybe it will never crop up again in my lifetime, or maybe it will be crucial down the road somewhere. Or for someone else out in the world.

All that being said, here’s dmidecode.


I understand in general and primitive terms that dmidecode and its sister tools read BIOS information and display it at the terminal. That much is clear just from the man page.

But I couldn’t tell you, even at gunpoint, how information like that would be useful except to people who work with the very core of GNU/Linux, perhaps writing drivers or building … kernel … stuff. 😐

Like I said, in a lot of things I’m a newb. dmidecode is available and works perfectly on my hardware, which might mean that I am lucky.

If information like that is useful to you, or if you find dmidecode to be a worthwhile addition to your software suite, please enjoy. I consider these last few posts to just be due diligence. πŸ˜‰

4 thoughts on “dmidecode: Due diligence

  1. Ian Munsie

    At work we use it as one of the easiest ways to get a system’s serial number for asset tracking – especially since the printed version on the box can wear off and become illegible.

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      That’s clever; I wouldn’t have thought of that. I usually rely on the serial numbers as hostnames, just because it’s tedious to think up names after years of collecting random hardware. I’ll check that next time I have a machine without a specific tag. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  2. Antonio

    Is that a Thinkpad X61 I see? I thought that the “test bed” was an Acer Aspire… But then again I vaguely remember that you had a Thinkpad X when you were doing your previous blog, so maybe it is the same computer.

    Anyway, I also have two old Thinkpads. And, despite their age, I still think that they are awesome laptops.

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      It is. I picked it up about a week ago. I used to have an X60s and loved it; this one came along at a great price so I added it to the arsenal. I haven’t mentioned it out loud yet, but it’s here. Good catch. πŸ™‚

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