Hardware probe

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The Gentoo Hardware Database is automatically created based on hardware probes collected by sys-apps/hw-probe, by hw-probe.AppImage or by this flatpak.

It is a part of the global Linux Hardware Database. The database is backed up to a Github repository for statistical analysis by third parties.


(Once PR 10246 is done the package can be installed from Gentoo's ebuild repository.) With app-eselect/eselect-repository installed, do

root #eselect repository enable bobwya
Adding bobwya to /etc/portage/repos.conf/eselect-repo.conf ...
1 repositories enabled

Without eselect, just manually create the repos.conf file

FILE /etc/portage/repos.conf/bobwya
location = /var/db/repos/bobwya
sync-type = git
sync-uri = https://github.com/bobwya/bobwya/
auto-sync = yes
root #emerge --ask sys-apps/hw-probe

Submit your hardware

Everybody can submit computer details to the database by a single command line:

root #hw-probe -all -upload
Probe for hardware ... Ok
Reading logs ... Ok
Uploaded to DB, Thank you!
Probe URL: https://linux-hardware.org/?probe=65e73516b5


By creating a hardware probe you contribute to the "HDD/SSD Real-Life Reliability Test" and "Devices with poor Linux-compatibility" studies.

Import probes

One can import created probes from the database to a local directory:

root #hw-probe -import ./Directory_to_save_index


Private info is not collected. See privacy notes.