Shawn is working with Jon and myself to add system firmware/bios info to the
beaker database to be displayed on the system details page.
The idea was to make it easy to find how old a bios is on our lab machines
and see which ones need an update.
Shawn made all the front end changes in the inventory job, but the backend
work is becoming a challenge.
It seems like we are going to have to add a table entry to the database in
server/model/inventory.py? Which would probably cause a database migration
For now, we are using numa_nodes as our template to copy the output of lshw
(from the inventory script) into the database and onto the webpage.
Are we going in the right direction? Is this more work than we thought?
Then as a follow-on, we are assuming the database has to be updated to add
this entry, would it make sense to convert the whole database to a generic
key/value table to dynamically support new fields without having to migrate
the whole database all the time? And then to prevent random junk from being
added by the inventory script (or other script), have a whitelist filter
that only allows certain keys to be added/updated. Maintaining the
whitelist would be easier on the database then adding table entries.
This is just us trying to understand the architecture a little more and
trying to see where we can add some value to make it easier to maintain our