VPDDECODE

Section: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: May 2005
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NAME

vpddecode - VPD structure decoder  

SYNOPSIS

vpddecode [OPTIONS]

 

DESCRIPTION

vpddecode prints the "vital product data" information that can be found in almost all IBM computers, and only IBM computers. Available items are:
*
BIOS Build ID
*
Product Name
*
Box Serial Number
*
Motherboard Serial Number
*
Machine Type/Model

Some systems have these additional items:

*
BIOS Release Date
*
Default Flash Image File Name

Note that these additional items are not documented by IBM, so this is guess work, and as such should not be blindly trusted. Feedback about the accuracy of these labels is welcome.

 

OPTIONS

-d, --dev-mem FILE
Read memory from device FILE (default: /dev/mem)
-u, --dump
Do not decode the VPD records, dump their contents as hexadecimal instead. Note that this is still a text output, no binary data will be thrown upon you. ASCII equivalent is displayed when possible. This option is mainly useful for debugging.
-h, --help
Display usage information and exit
-V, --version
Display the version and exit

 

FILES

/dev/mem  

BUGS

The lookup table for product names is incomplete. If your system is missing from the table, vpddecode will ask you to report. See the AUTHORS file for maintainer contact information. Your report should include the product name of the machine, and the BIOS build ID as given by vpddecode.  

AUTHOR

Jean Delvare  

SEE ALSO

biosdecode(8), dmidecode(8), mem(4), ownership(8)


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
FILES
BUGS
AUTHOR
SEE ALSO

linux.jgfs.net manual pages