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1.39.  dmidecode

1.39.1.  RHBA-2009:1324: enhancement update

An updated dmidecode package that fixes a bug and adds enhancements is now available.
The dmidecode package provides utilities for extracting x86 and ia64 hardware information from the system BIOS or EFI, according to the SMBIOS/DMI standard. This information typically includes system manufacturer, model name, serial number, BIOS version, asset tag as well as a lot of other details of varying level of interest and reliability depending on the manufacturer.
This will often include usage status for the CPU sockets, expansion slots (e.g. AGP, PCI, ISA) and memory module slots, and the list of I/O ports (e.g. serial, parallel, USB).
This updated package adds the following enhancement:
  • the previous version of the dmidecode package was based on upstream version 2.7 and lacked support for a variety of newer hardware. The package now provides version 2.9, which:
    • updates support for SMBIOS specification version 2.5
    • decodes slot IDs of AGP 8x and PCIE slots
    • decodes newer processor characteristics (multi-core, multi-thread, 64-bit)
    • supports newer types of chassis, processor, socket, connector and memory device
    • supports x86 EFI
    ( BZ#459048 )
This updated package fixes the following bug:
  • the default method used by dmidecode to retrieve entries from the DMI table produces unaligned access errors when used on Itanium systems. When built for the Itanium architecture, this version of the package includes a workaround that avoids these errors. ( BZ#459048 ).
Users of dmidecode are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which adds this enhancements and fixes this bug.

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