Health Monitoring on Dell 600SC

Tim Judd tajudd at
Sun Mar 8 11:32:28 PDT 2009

On Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 2:02 AM, Dan Mahoney, System Admin <
danm at> wrote:

> On Sun, 8 Mar 2009, Polytropon wrote:
>  On Sat, 7 Mar 2009 23:04:45 -0500 (EST), "Dan Mahoney, System Admin" <
>> danm at> wrote:
>>> Hey all,
>>> I've got a dell 600SC in a remote location, and it's started freezing up
>>> (I'm thinking I've got a dying fan).
>> I'm not familiar with this special Dell system, but maybe the
>> tools mbmon and healthd (from ports) can help you to monitor
>> at least fan speeds and temperatures (as well as voltages).
>> They're using the kernel's SMB facility.
> pciconf -l -v doesn't show an smbus on this system, even with the kernel
> options compiled in.
> healthd, I've tried, and it talks to some chips directly, but it hasn't
> been updated in forever.
> bsdhwmon looks like it did two releases and went unsupported, reports this
> board as unsupported.
> It would appear that older linux kernels find the hardware as follows on
> this link (I realize BSD and linux are
> different, but perhaps the output there could help someone to know if
> something there is supported).
> Sadly, porting lm_sensors to BSD is hard because of all the kernel
> dependencies and abstraction.  But something more "universal" under BSD as
> opposed to several years-outdated ports would be REALLY COOL.


I'm curious...  and only curious.  Have you discovered if the OpenManage
suite works with any drivers on the Linux system?  Because if OpenManage is
a userland utility only, running OpenManage with linux compatibility should
work, right?

My understanding of Linux compat is the ability to run userland apps (not
drivers) under BSD.  The closed minded attitude of Dell that will support
"X" but not "Y" is offensive to me and that is what makes me steer clear of
the Dell branded stuff.

I hope this might have sparked a interest - but I can't help with the Linux
compat at all.  I run BSD because it's not Linux.


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