Hardware probe

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Hardware probe (or hw-probe) is a project to simplify collecting of hardware devices operability information on Linux-powered computers.

The main purpose of the project is to gather hardware information in one place and help developers and users to collaboratively debug hardware related issues.

It is the new-gen replacement for the Smolt project with better navigation tools, database scalability, cross-Linux support, sanity operability auto-tests for devices and statistical analysis.


User's point of view

Make a hardware probe if something is wrong with the computer or device on board and share the probe link with the developers. All necessary system info and logs are included to the probe and available online by the probe ID/URL and no any additional feedback is needed.

Command line to make a probe:

   sudo hw-probe -all -upload

Developer's point of view

Receive a message with problem description and probe ID. Start debugging the problem immediately w/o the need to ask for any logs. All logs are already available in the probe.

The database is created automatically. You can search for interested devices on other computers and Linux distributions to learn how to better configure the device.


Select and install an RPM package for your openSUSE distribution:

   sudo zypper addrepo https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/hardware/openSUSE_Leap_15.0/ hardware
   sudo zypper install hw-probe

Another way is to use a universal package: AppImage, Docker, Snap or Flatpak.


The following statistical reports are dumped to Github: