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Old 11-19-2003, 06:21 PM   #1
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SYSINFO for Linux....

MS-DOS has the command lile "sysinfo" which gives U the details about SYSTEM CONFIGURATION...

Is there any Linux equivalent (esp. Red Hat 8.0/9/0) ?

I know about /proc stuff..but just was wondering if there is any GUI tool OR cmd-line utility which will provide all this info with a single command in a human-readable form !!

Any tips will be greatly appreciated.
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Your Desktop enviroment (Gnome? You didn't say) probably has something. Browse through your menus and you should find something.

Handy bash commands for finding out stuff in Linux:
# Find CPU specifications
cat /proc/cpuinfo

# Find running kernel version
uname -r

# What compiler version do I have installed
gcc -v
gcc --version

# What is the running kernel and compiler installed
cat /proc/version

# Find X server version
X -showconfig

# What pci cards are installed and what irq/port is used
cat /proc/pci

# Memory and swap information
cat /proc/meminfo
An article: Tips for Optimizing Linux Memory

# How are the hard drives partitioned
fdisk -l

# How much free/used drive space
df -h

# Show disk usage by current directory and all subdirectories
du | less

# What takes up so much space on your box
# Run from the directory in question and the largest chunk shows up last
find $1 -type d | xargs du -sm | sort -g

# What is the distribution
cat /etc/.product
cat /etc/.issue
cat /etc/issue
cat /etc/

# For finding or locating files

# Use dmesg to view the kernel ring buffer (error messages)
dmesg | less

# Watch error messages as they happen (sysklog needed)
as root, tail -f /var/log/messages (shows last 10 lines, use a number in front of f for more lines)

# What processes are running
ps -A

# Find a process by name
ps -ef | grep -i <plain text>
For example, XCDroast
ps -ef xcdroast

# See current environment list, or pipe to file
env | more
env > environmentvariablelist.txt

# Show current userid and assigned groups

# See all command aliases for the current user

# See rpms installed on current system
rpmquery --all | more
rpmquery --all > <filename>
rpmquery --all | grep -i <plaintext>

Autospec for tarballs
RPM tools

# What directory am I using

# Get ls colors in less
ls --color=always | less -R

Look at man <command> or info <command> for the flags I used and for other options you can use for bash commands.
Old 11-19-2003, 06:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for U'r elaborated reply..

Well I am using Red Hat Linux 9.0 and the desktop environment is GNOME.

As I said in my post that I know about the /proc stuff but am looking for a "single-stop-shop" that can give us all this info via a GUI or cmd-line utility...

I've looked at GNOME GUI options and could not find any such tool/util that can describe the configuration in comprehensive manner...albeit there are tools/utils that can give U info in a piece-meal manner !!

Thanks anyway.
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I was indeed looking for something like this (lshw)...

Thanks !


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