For some time (since EL 4.6), Red Hat has embedded a system report and troubleshooting tool into the operating system. The tool, sosreport, collects system information and settings and bundles it into a tar.bz archive for easy distribution. Normally, this is intended for Red Hat support, but can prove to be a useful diagnostic in other situations.
Note - This tool is also installed on CentOS and other Red Hat derivatives.
I'm curious if there are any useful methods to compare the
sosreport output from two different systems. I'm chasing down a bug that affects one server, while there's no impact on another "identical" system. It seems as though there should be a way to "diff" the
sosreport output to see what configuration differences exist between the two platforms.
Any particular tips or creative uses of the
sosreport framework in your systems environment?