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A device information gatherer for Linux and macOS

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# getdevinfo

This repository holds my new getdevinfo module. This module was originally integreted directly into the source code of Wine Autostart, DDRescue-GUI, and WxFixBoot, but has now been separated for ease of maintenance. Because it’s on GitLab ( and on PyPI (the Python Package Index) (, and released under the GPLv3+, this means other people can use it too.

Description of Package

A device information gatherer for Linux and macOS.

Working on both Linux and macOS, this script makes use of lshw, lvdisplay, and blkid (Linux), as well as diskutil (macOS) to get a comprehensive amount of disk information. This information is available in a structured dictionary for ease of use.


Uses the operating system’s built-in tools to gather lots of helpful information about disks connected to the system. This is returned as a hierarchical python dictionary. For the full details on the format, read the documentation here:


On Linux it requires lshw, blkid, lvdisplay, and blockdev to be installed. On Linux, you need the beautifulsoup4 (bs4), and lxml python packages to use this tool. On macOS, nothing beyond a standard python2.x/python3.x install is required, but you still need bs4 and lxml if you want to install using the python wheel/through pip.


Source Distribution


“python sdist”


Make sure you’ve installed the “wheel” package:

“pip/pip3 install wheel”

Universal Wheel

This tool runs unmodified on both python 3 and 2, so this is the recommended choice.

“python bdist_wheel –universal”

Pure Python Wheel

Not sure why you’d do this, but you can run:

“python2/python3 bdist_wheel”

to acheive this if you want.


This can be found at

Running The Tests

These have to be run as the superuser, because low-level access to hardware is required to gather information.

The process for running these is the same on both Linux and macOS. It can be done on both Python 2 and Python 3.

Without Coverage Reporting

Change directory to the getdevinfo subfolder, and run:

“sudo python3 ./”


“sudo python2 ./”

With Coverage Reporting

Make sure you have installed using pip or your package manager.

Change directory to the getdevinfo subfolder, and run:

“sudo python3 -m coverage run –rcfile=../.coveragerc ./”


“sudo python2 -m coverage run –rcfile=../.coveragerc ./”

To run the tests. Then run:

“sudo python3 -m coverage report”


“sudo python2 -m coverage report”

To see the report.

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