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What's new in sdparm 1.09:
- decode Third Party Copy VPD page
- Supported block lengths and protection types (sbc4r01) + Block device characteristics extension VPD pages added
- zoned block device characterics VPD page added (zbc-r01c)
- fix manufacturer-assigned serial number VPD page length
- LICENSE TYPE:
- BSD License
- OUR RATING:
- DEVELOPED BY:
- Douglas Gilbert
- USER RATING:
- ROOT \ System \ System Administration
Can decode VPD pages and sends simple SCSI commands
The sdparm utility can also decode VPD (Vital Product Data) pages, as well as to send various simple SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) commands. The application was originally designed for Linux, but it was later ported to FreeBSD, Tru64, Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
It features several command-line options, which, for example, allow users to view the number of blocks, as well as the block capacity and length, to stop the medium and ejects it, to load the medium, to view if the medium is ready for IO, as well as to view power condition information.
In addition, users will be able to spin up and down the medium, to list all known fields for a certain SCSI device, to clear field values, to perform a command, such as eject, on a given device, to set the DBD bit in mode sense cdb, or to report the number of mode page descriptors.
Getting started with sdparm
Installing sdparm in a GNU/Linux operating system is the easiest of tasks, as you will only have to run the ‘./configure && make’ command in a terminal emulator to compile the program and create an executable, which can be installed system wide by running the ‘make install’ command.
Run the ‘sdparm’ command to view to view available options and usage examples. Alternatively, you can use the program without installation directly from the /src directory after a successful compilation process by running the ‘./sdparm’ command.
sdparm was reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on January 3rd, 2015