Knoware status, August 14th

Brian Beck exogen at
Mon Aug 15 15:07:24 CEST 2005

On 8/15/05, Stephan Kulow <coolo at> wrote:
> Am Montag 15 August 2005 02:19 schrieb Brian Beck:
> > * I may switch from lshw to hwinfo for hardware detection as
> > previously suggested, although it doesn't have XML output which means
> > I'll need to redo the parsing.  But it gets the necessary information
> > without having to run as root...
> Hmm, at least SUSE's hwinfo has libhd to it that does the parsing for you
> (don't know if there are other hwinfos around actually).

How's that?  I get output that looks like a flat list of things like:

55: None 00.0: 10701 Ethernet
  [Created at net.88]
  Unique ID: usDW.ndpeucax6V1
  Parent ID: qnJ_.DFMZegIHpy8
  SysFS ID: /class/net/eth0
  SysFS Device Link: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:0d.0
  Hardware Class: network interface
  Model: "Ethernet network interface"
  Driver: "natsemi"
  Device File: eth0
  HW Address: 00:40:f4:3c:f1:82
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
  Attached to: #21 (Ethernet controller)

Not difficult to parse, but lshw's XML output is already
tree-structured (this gives Parent ID) and I think it's easier to work
with.  Also hwinfo's --log option does nothing for me... the log files
it makes are always empty, does this not do what I am expecting?

> But also SUSE is going to the HAL way for future products. The problem
> with hal for your project is that it requires a running daemon - and most
> likely requires a 2.6 kernel.

Does this mean I should look for another solution?

> > * Since my last report I have been using Orange [1] instead of R for
> > statistical analysis.  Using it feels so much better!  Someone on the
> > Orange team even showed me how to use Random Forests with it.  Can't
> > wait to plug in some real data, which should just be a week away.
> Random Orange Forests? That sounds fun ;)
> >
> > [1] Orange:
> >
> Doesn't work here.

Site's down for me right now, too.

Brian Beck
Adventurer of the First Order

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