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Re: NOW: Stay away from lshw! WAS: Retrieve hardware and modules info..

On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 6:38 AM, Sven Joachim <svenjoac@gmx.de> wrote:
> On 2010-04-05 00:19 +0200, Stan Hoeppner wrote:
>> With some Google help I figured out how to fix the missing
>> /var/lib/dpkg/available problem and got lshw removed.  Hopefully there's no
>> remaining hidden damage on my server.
> The lesson from this problem is that it is a bad idea to put /var on
> ext2, and that a journaling filesystem should be used instead.  I had
> learned that the hard way, too.
>> I don't think I'll ever be messing
>> with lshw again.  It could be that it expects something my old server
>> doesn't have, and locks the machine when attempting to probe said
>> non-existent device.  Regardless, a production level (stable) information
>> gathering tool should never hard lock a machine, no matter what, nor cause
>> any kind of damage.  I could understand installing a beta device driver
>> doing this, but an information gathering tool causing a lockup?
> You are shooting the messenger.  lshw is a userspace program, not a
> device driver.  If running it locks up your system, this is almost
> surely a bug in the kernel.
I think that is better reporting a bug, so people could know about
lshw could hang your system and developpers could fix it (or point to
you where is the problem) that discuss this here.


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