Server Temperature Monitor?

Matthew Walker mwalker at
Mon Feb 2 13:34:58 MST 2009

On Mon, February 2, 2009 1:28 pm, Joseph Hall wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 1:13 PM, Shane Hathaway <shane at> wrote:
>> The main thing you need is ipmitool, which is an IPMI client.  Try this:
>>  ipmitool sensor list
>> I noticed about 3 years ago that one of the key differences that make a
>> motherboard server-class rather than desktop-class is the presence of a BMC
>> with IPMI support.
> Well, either I don't have a server-class motherboard in this box, or
> it's not configured correctly.
> # ipmitool sensor list
> Could not open device at /dev/ipmi0 or /dev/ipmi/0 or /dev/ipmidev/0:
> No such file or directory
> Get Device ID command failed
> Unable to open SDR for reading

I was just looking into this for my servers, and it looks like it's a kernel option that
has to be enabled. I've been wanting to schedule a reboot for some of my servers for a
while anyway, so I may use this as an excuse. Having good sensors would be NICE.

Matthew Walker
Kydance Hosting & Consulting, Inc. -
PHP, Perl, and Web Development - Linux Server Administration

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