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FreeIPMI 0.7.7 Released

From: Al Chu
Subject: FreeIPMI 0.7.7 Released
Date: Fri, 03 Apr 2009 14:32:01 -0700

FreeIPMI 0.7.7 has been released. It can be downloaded at:

What is IPMI?

The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) specification
defines a set of interfaces for platform management.  It is implemented
by a large number of hardware manufacturers to support system management
on motherboards. The features of IPMI that most users will be interested
in are sensor monitoring (i.e. CPU temperatures, fan speeds), remote
power control, and serial-over-LAN (SOL).

What is FreeIPMI?

FreeIPMI provides in-band and out-of-band IPMI software based on the
IPMI v1.5/2.0 specification.  FreeIPMI provides tools and libraries for
users to access and read IPMI sensor readings, system event log (SEL)
entries, serial-over-LAN (SOL), remote power control functions, field
replaceable unit (FRU) device information, and more.  More information
about FreeIPMI can be found at the FreeIPMI webpage at:

Release 0.7.7 Changes
o Support inventec get-nic-status, set-nic-status, get-mac-address,
  and set-mac-address OEM commands in ipmi-oem.
o Make default privilege level ADMIN for ipmi-oem.
o In bmc-info, output both chars of firmware minor revision (i.e. 1.01
  instead of 1.1).
o Fix libfreeipmi field validity checks for sensor units.
o Support "oem_reserved" group input to ipmi-sensors.
o Fix Solaris porting bugs.
o Fix potential config file bug by clearing out stack data
o Support build option (--with-dont-check-for-root) to not have tools
  check for root for in-band IPMI communication.  Permission checks are
  subsequently dealt with at underlying system calls and
  drivers. (i.e. open() on /dev/ipmi0).
o Update bmc-config manpage with Dell specific workaround.
o Remove "experimental" note from SUNBMC driver documentation.


Albert Chu
Computer Scientist
High Performance Systems Division
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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