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ipmitool differs a lot in Solaris and Linux. How can I use ipmitool in these servers (on Sun, IBM and other hardwares) to detect the power supply status?

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Have you tried powertop? –  mariotanenbaum Apr 16 '13 at 10:13
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I'd recommend you to look at FreeIPMI which is very similar for the systems and how developers claim it is easier in setup and has better portability in comparison with ipmitool. To setup power supply monitoring you can use there Powerman (http://code.google.com/p/powerman/) by adding in powerman.conf

include "/etc/powerman/ipmipower.dev"

device "ipmi0" "ipmipower" "/usr/sbin/ipmipower -h mynodes[0-10] |&"

node "mynodes[0-10]"  "ipmi0" "mynodes[0-10]"

You can look for additional options here (http://www.gnu.org/software/freeipmi/freeipmi-faq.html).

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