ipmitool delloem half-baked patch

Tim Small tim at seoss.co.uk
Fri Feb 5 03:46:21 CST 2010

Alexander Dupuy wrote:
> You can get power statistics from ipmitool with delloem support, e.g. 
> ipmitool delloem powermonitor powerconsumptionhistory.  I realize this 
> tends to fall in the category of a vendor-proprietary tool

WTF!  Why isn't this merged upstream?  It's not like there isn't already 
a precedent, what with there already being other vendor oem commands etc.

Oh, I see...


The patch has been half baked, thrown over the wall, and then abandoned, 
by the look of it.  Great....

Writing code like this seems to be a complete waste of time to me - it 
would be cheaper and easier for Dell to just release the specs, and let 
someone else implement the functionality and get it merged upstream - 
creating this sort of half-finished work just discourages other people 
from creating their own code.

So, does dell have any plans to do any more work on this code, or is it 

That would be a shame, since if you want this functionality, you have to:

1. Know about it.
2. Find the patch.
3. Apply, build, maintain (repeat).

"But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office 
for the last nine months."

"Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, 
yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call 
attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or 

"But the plans were on display ..."

"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."

"That's the display department."

"With a flashlight."

"Ah, well the lights had probably gone."

"So had the stairs."

"But look, you found the notice didn't you?"

"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a 
locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the 
door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'."


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