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       ipmiutil_getevt - wait for IPMI events


       ipmiutil getevt [-abosx -t secs -N node -U user -P/-R pswd -EFJTVY]


       ipmiutil  getevt  is a program that uses IPMI commands to wait for IPMI
       events sent from the BMC firmware.  These events are also sent  to  the
       IPMI  System  Event  Log  (SEL).   This  utility  can  use  either  the
       /dev/ipmi0 driver from OpenIPMI, the /dev/imb driver  from  Intel,  the
       /dev/ipmikcs  driver  from  valinux, direct user-space IOs, or the IPMI
       LAN interface if -N.

       Some server management functions want  to  trigger  custom  actions  or
       alerts  when  IPMI  hardware-related  events  occur, but do not want to
       track all events, just newly occurring events.  This  utility  waits  a
       specified timeout period for any events, and returns interpreted output
       for each event.  It is designed as a scriptable  command-line  utility,
       but if the timeout is infinite (-t 0), then this code could be used for
       a sample service as well.

       There are several methods to do this which are implemented here.

       The SEL method:
       This method polls the SEL once a second, keeps track of  the  last  SEL
       event  read, and only new events are processed.  This ensures that in a
       series of rapid events, all events are received in order, however, some
       transition-to-OK  events  may  not be configured to write to the SEL on
       certain platforms.  This method is used if getevent  -s  is  specified.
       This is the only method supported over IPMI LAN, i.e. with -N.

       The ReadEventMessageBuffer method:
       This  uses  an IPMI Message Buffer in the BMC firmware to read each new
       event.  This receives  any  event,  but  if  two  events  occur  nearly
       simultaneously,  only  the most recent of the two will be returned with
       this method.  An example of simultaneous events  might  be,  if  a  fan
       stops/fails,  both  the  non-critical and critical fan threshold events
       would occur at that time.  This is the default method for getevent.

       The OpenIPMI custom method:
       Different IPMI drivers may have varying behavior.   For  instance,  the
       OpenIPMI  driver  uses the IPMI GetMessage commands internally and does
       not allow client programs to use those commands.  It has its own custom
       mechanism,  see  getevent_mv().   This  method  is used if the OpenIPMI
       driver is detected, and no other method is specified.

       The Async Event method:
       This only gets certain Asynchronous requests from the BMC to an SMS  OS
       service,  like  a remote OS shutdown, and get_software_id.  This method
       is disabled by default and only turned on if the getevent -a option  is
       specified.   This  method  is  only  supported  via  the  Intel IMB and
       OpenIPMI driver interfaces.  There is  an  init  script  provided  with
       ipmiutil to automate the task of starting this async event daemon.
       # chkconfig --add ipmiutil_asy     (skip this if no chkconfig)
       # /etc/init.d/ipmiutil_asy start
       This  listens  for  IPMI  LAN  requests for soft-shutdown, and logs the
       output to /var/log/ipmiutil_asy.log


       Command line options are described below.

       -a     Use the Async request method, which  receives  SMS  OS  requests
              from  the  BMC using the IMB or OpenIPMI driver interface.  This
              services remote  SMS  bridge  agent  requests,  like  remote  OS
              shutdown and get software_id.

       -b     Run  in  Background  as  a daemon.  If this option is specified,
              normal      output       will       be       redirected       to
              /var/log/ipmiutil_getevt.log.    The   default   is  to  run  in

       -c     Show output in a canonical format, with a delimiter of '|'.

       -e N   Wait for a specific event sensor type N.  The parameter  can  be
              in  hex (0x23) or decimal (35).  The default is 0xFF which means
              wait for any event.

       -r F   Run script file F  when  an  event  occurs.   The  filename  can
              include  a  full  path.   The  script  will  be passed the event
              description as a parameter.  A sample script is  included
              with the ipmiutil package.

       -o     Only  run  one  pass to wait for the first event.  Default is to
              loop for multiple events for the timeout period.

       -s     Use the SEL method to get events.  This polls  the  SEL  once  a
              second  for  new  events.   The last SEL record read is saved in
              /usr/share/ipmiutil/evt.idx.  Otherwise, the default is  to  use
              the ReadEventMessageBuffer method to get new events.

       -t N   Set the timeout period to N seconds.  Default is 120 seconds.  A
              timeout of 0 means an infinite period.

       -x     Causes extra debug messages to be displayed.

       -N nodename
              Nodename or IP address  of  the  remote  target  system.   If  a
              nodename  is  specified,  IPMI LAN interface is used.  Otherwise
              the local system management interface is used.

       -P/-R rmt_pswd
              Remote password for the nodename given.  The default is  a  null

       -U rmt_user
              Remote  username  for the nodename given.  The default is a null

       -E     Use the remote password from Environment variable IPMI_PASSWORD.

       -F drv_t
              Force the driver type to one of the  followng:  imb,  va,  open,
              gnu, landesk, lan, lan2, lan2i, kcs, smb.  Note that lan2i means
              lan2 with intelplus.  The default is  to  detect  any  available
              driver type and use it.

       -J     Use   the   specified   LanPlus   cipher   suite  (0  thru  17):
              0=none/none/none,      1=sha1/none/none,       2=sha1/sha1/none,
              3=sha1/sha1/cbc128,  4=sha1/sha1/xrc4_128,  5=sha1/sha1/xrc4_40,
              6=md5/none/none, ... 14=md5/md5/xrc4_40.  Default is 3.

       -T     Use a specified IPMI LAN  Authentication  Type:  0=None,  1=MD2,
              2=MD5, 4=Straight Password, 5=OEM.

       -V     Use  a  specified  IPMI  LAN  privilege level. 1=Callback level,
              2=User level, 3=Operator level, 4=Administrator level (default),
              5=OEM level.

       -Y     Yes,  do  prompt  the  user  for  the  IPMI LAN remote password.
              Alternatives for the password are -E or -P.


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       See for the latest version of ipmiutil
       and any bug fix list.


       Copyright (C) 2009  Kontron America, Inc.

       See  the  file  COPYING  in the distribution for more details regarding

       This utility is distributed in the hope that it  will  be  useful,  but


       Andy Cress <arcress at>

                           Version 1.2: 17 Feb 2010               IGETEVENT(8)