Updated OpenIPMI packages that resolve an issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
The OpenIPMI packages provide command line tools and utilities to access platform information using IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface), and thus allowing system administrators to manage systems and perform system health monitoring.
When IPMI-enabled devices reported SDR (sensor data record) records under a different owner than the BMC (Baseboard Management Controller), the IPMItool utility tried to retrieve these SDR records from the IPMI bus instead of the BMC bus. Due to timeout setting for the SDR read attempt, serious performance issues occurred and no sensor data was shown. This issue has been fixed and IPMItool now correctly reads these SDR records from the BMC and shows the correct sensor data on these platforms.
All users of OpenIPMI are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve this issue.