Updated freeipmi packages that fix several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
The FreeIPMI project provides "Remote-Console" (out-of-band) and "System Management Software" (in-band) based on the Intelligent Platform Management Interface specification.
Prior to this update, the "ipmi-sel" tool did not properly initialize itself and crashed when reading an empty SEL (System Event Log). With this update, ipmi-sel initialization is fixed and the tool no longer crashes when reading an empty SEL.
Prior to this update, the "freeipmi-bmc-watchdog" service start did not expect that a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) watchdog timer could already be running and did not reset the timer. In addition, the service stop did not stop the BMC watchdog timer. This could result in a watchdog timer resetting, or shutting down, the machine. With this update, "service freeipmi-bmc-watchdog start" resets any previously started BMC watchdog timer and "service freeipmi-bmc-watchdog stop" correctly stops the timer. As a result the machine boots up normally.
All users of freeipmi are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs.