When asking questions on a forum, mailing list or IRC it is important to provide correct and complete information about your system. Good general guidance can be found in the classic guide "How To Ask Questions The Smart Way" (external link) by open source developer and philosopher Eric S. Raymond.

To aid in the process a script has been developed to collect system information for a variety of classes of questions. The script will save the information to a temporary file which can be posted in-line or for longer files saved to a site such as (external link) The script should work on RHEL, Fedora and closely related distributions. The getinfo package installs the script into /usr/local/bin/ directory.

All options can be run as a normal user but fdisk information can only be provided if run as root. You should check the contents of the output file to ensure it does not contain any sensitive information such as public IP addresses or hostnames.


1. Basic info - appropriate for any and all questions: basic

2. Disk/filesystem problems - Basic + full disk info - requires the user to become root to run as this really needs "fdisk -l": disk

3. Hardware/driver/kernel problems - Basic + hardware and kernel info: driver

4. Network problems - Basic + full network info: network

5. Package problems with yum, rpm, and repos - Basic + rpm, yum, kernel: package

6. The kitchen sink - combines all of the above. Run as either root or non-root but won't get fdisk info unless root. This is the default: all

If necessary obfuscate sensitive information before posting. For example: or

Note that it is not necessary to hide network information for private subnets often assigned by DHCP servers using NAT in ranges: –; –; –

Other tools for gathering more detailed system information include dmidecode and sos, available in most distribution repositories.
Providing appropriate information will help you get a prompt and accurate answer and will help others to efficiently answer your question.

Page last modified on Wednesday 11 of April, 2012 19:27:27 MDT