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I am looking for an equivalent tool or command to dump connected hardware (and optionally software) to a text or XML file for documenting system configuration on RHEL 5.8 specifically.

I am used to lscfg on AIX to dump status of all connected hardware. On Mac, I have system_profiler which dumps both hardware and software details.

Is there a similar tool to these on Red Hat Enterprise Linux that dumps connected hardware information for inventory and discovery purposes?

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There should be a utility called dmidecode in the path, that sounds like it provides what you are looking for. Some details can be found on the RHEL documentation here.

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This looks highly useful. I'll dig into it - might be the perfect tool. –  bmike Jul 16 '13 at 21:22
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