hpr2496 :: Making a Raspberry Pi inventory
How to collect identifying information about RPi devices
Hosted by Dave Morriss on Monday 2018-02-26 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Raspberry Pi, RPi.
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Part of the series: Bash Scripting
This is an open series in which Hacker Public Radio Listeners can share their Bash scripting knowledge and experience with the community. General programming topics and Bash commands are explored along with some tutorials for the complete novice.
Making a Raspberry Pi inventory
I have a number of Raspberry Pis -- possibly too many -- and I sometimes lose track of which is which, what model, size, name, address each one is. I wanted to be able to keep an inventory of them all, and to this end I wrote myself a little script that can be run on any Pi which will report useful information about it.
Every Pi has a unique serial number. Actually it's randomly generated so there may be a few collisions but it's close to unique! It also contains a revision number which encodes various items of information about it such as release date, model, PCB revision and memory. My script decodes this revision number for you based on a published table.
I run a Wikimedia instance on a Pi and have used this script to record details of my Pis there as well as what they are being used for and any planned projects. I now feel more organised!
The full-length notes (available here) contain a listing of the script, a brief description of it, and some example output.
- GitLab repository: https://gitlab.com/davmo/what_pi
- Resources to download:
- The script what_pi
- Example output example_output.txt
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