On Tue, Nov 07, 2017 at 10:49:02PM +0000, Jeremy Cline wrote:
> Hey folks,
> For some time now, Fedora has operated without a database of hardware
> users have. Smolt, the old hardware database, was retired in 2012 and
> its intended successor was never deployed by Fedora Infrastructure.
> It would be nice to have a hardware database, so I (and hopefully some
> others) would like to get Census up and running for Fedora. Before we
> look at deploying Census, however, it would be good to make sure it has
> everything we need.
> Census has client plugins to collect information. At the moment, it
> has plugins for:
> * The vendor, device, subsystem_vendor, subsystem_device, and class from
> each PCI device
> * The idVendor, idProduct, bcdDevice, and bDeviceClass for USB devices
> as well as the bInterfaceClass, bInterfaceSubClass, and
> bInterfaceProtocol for each interface
> * The contents of /etc/os-release
> * All the RPMs installed on a system
> Other than the drivers bound to the PCI and USB devices (which is an
> open PR), what else would be good to collect?
>  https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Smolt_retirement
>  https://github.com/npmccallum/census
>  https://github.com/npmccallum/census/blob/master/client/plugins/
>  https://github.com/npmccallum/census/pull/3
Internally, we have been focusing on using 'lshw' as the tool that provides
all that info and handles all the arch funkiness (and includes firmware).
If there is anything missing, we have tried to push upstream to that
Would that cover a lot of the info you are looking for?
It sounds like lshw could provide the output for the local system if
someone wrote a census plugin for it. What it doesn't seem to cover
at all is the "gather data and send it somewhere" part, right?