[CentOS] Hardware serial number access from (a) command(s)

thad thad.mailist at gmail.com
Tue Jul 29 00:10:27 UTC 2008

dmidecode should work in any Linux:

man dmidecode

DMIDECODE(8)                                          DMIDECODE(8)

       dmidecode - DMI table decoder

       dmidecode [OPTIONS]

       dmidecode  is a tool for dumping a computer's DMI (some say
       SMBIOS) table contents in a human-readable format. This ta‐
       ble  contains a description of the system's hardware compo‐
       nents, as well as other useful pieces of  information  such
       as  serial numbers and BIOS revision. Thanks to this table,
       you can retrieve this information without having  to  probe
       for  the  actual  hardware.   While this is a good point in
       terms of report speed and safeness,  this  also  makes  the
       presented information possibly unreliable.

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On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 1:34 PM, Stephen Harris <lists at spuddy.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 11:26:30AM -0700, MHR wrote:
> > Over the weekend, I had to make a technical support call on one of my
> > DVD burners, and at one point the recorded message mentioned I should
> > have my serial number handy.  I thought there was a way to read that
> > from at least one piece of software on the system, but I couldn't
> > remember one and man -k on a number of subjects was unrevealing.
> On a Dell, "dmidecode" will give you the serial number of the system.
> (I can see motherboard, chasis, memory sticks on my machine).
> Doubt if you can get the serial number of the DVD burner.
> --
> rgds
> Stephen
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