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Unfortunately, Sys::Filesystem's "OS-neutral" status is more of a wish than a reality; reading the documentation shows that many of the modules are still either "not written yet" or "require additional work". There is an easier way, however - one that doesn't require any "heavy stuff".

Linux partitions already have a unique ID - and they're pretty easy to find. Better yet for your purposes, they're a unique identifier (to quote Wikipedia, "1 trillion UUIDs would have to be created every nanosecond for 10 billion years to exhaust the number of UUIDs.")

ben@Tyr:~$ ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2008-04-18 20:40 41d131d8-3128-4d41-8230-ca1 +bd3c0e8c5 -> ../../hda5 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2008-04-18 20:40 72aca3d8-6309-47ac-ad38-b71 +fb9cafddc -> ../../hda1

So, the easy way to do this would be to 1) plant an SSH authorized_key on every machine you have, 2) interrogate them with 'ssh user@host "ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid"', and 3) save the results for later reference. So there's your "over the network" bit, as well.

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. -- HG Wells

In reply to Re: (OT) how to identify a partition by oko1
in thread (OT) how to identify a partition by leocharre

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