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envstat -- utility to handle environmental sensors
envstat [-DfIklSTWx] [-c file] [-d device] [-i interval]
[-s device:sensor,...] [-w width]
envstat is a utility that handles various aspects of the sensors regis-
tered with the envsys(4) framework. It is capable of displaying sensor
values as well as changing parameters and setting critical limits for the
In display mode, column widths as well as displayed sensors are fully
customizable. Critical limits or other properties can be set via the
configuration file. If critical limits were set previously, the display
mode will show the critical limits in addition to the current values.
The following options are available:
-c Accepts a file as argument to set properties for sensors in devices
registered with the framework. See the envsys.conf(5) manual page
for more information.
-D Display the names of the devices that are currently registered with
the envsys(4) framework, one per line, along with some properties
for the device (for example, its refresh timeout value).
Display only the sensors for the given device. This is useful when
there are multiple devices registered and you want to only see
results from a specific device.
-f Display temperature values in degrees Fahrenheit. The default is
to display temperature values in degrees Celsius.
-I This flag skips the sensors with invalid state; these are normally
shown using the "N/A" string by default.
Repeat the display every interval seconds. Note that some devices
do not provide fresh values on demand. See the individual device's
manual page for meaningful values for interval. If not specified,
or specified as 0, envstat produces one round of values and exits.
-k Display temperature values in Kelvin. The default is to display
temperature values in degrees Celsius.
-l List the names of all supported sensors, one per line. Use of this
flag causes envstat to ignore all other option flags.
-r This flag is provided for compatibility reasons and there's no need
to use it. In the previous implementation, it was used to enable
the row mode; this mode is now the default.
-S This flag is used to restore defaults to all devices registered
with the framework. This will remove all properties that were set
in the configuration file to the setting that the devices use by
Restrict the display to the named devices and sensors. The pair
device and sensor description must be supplied as a comma separated
list. Device as well as sensor descriptions are case sensitive.
Note that the order of the arguments given does not influence the
order of output.
-T Create and display max, min and average statistics for a sensor.
Must be used with an interval, otherwise statistics cannot be col-
lected up. Please note that to get realistic values a lower inter-
val value should be used, but that will also increase overhead.
Use width as the column width for the output. Each column is addi-
tionally separated by a single space. The default is the length of
the longest sensor name.
-W This option has no effect. It is retained for historical reasons.
-x Shows the raw XML property list used by the sysmon_envsys(9) frame-
work that contains details about all registered devices and sen-
The display mode may show some values with abbreviated units; for exam-
degC degrees Celsius
degF degrees Fahrenheit
RPM Revolutions per minute
V Volts DC
VAC Volts AC
%rH relative Humidity
To display the ``charge'' sensor of the device acpibat0 in one line every
$ envstat -s "acpibat0:charge" -i 10
To list the devices that are currently registered with envsys(4):
$ envstat -D
To display the sensors of the device aibs0:
$ envstat -d aibs0
To set all properties specified in the configuration file:
$ envstat -c /etc/envsys.conf
To remove all properties that were set previously in the configuration
$ envstat -S
To display statistics for all sensors and ignoring sensors with invalid
states every second:
$ envstat -ITi1
units(1), proplib(3), acpiacad(4), acpibat(4), acpitz(4), admtemp(4),
aibs(4), amdtemp(4), aps(4), arcmsr(4), battery_pmu(4), cac(4),
coretemp(4), dbcool(4), envctrl(4), envsys(4), finsio(4), hythygtemp(4),
ipmi(4), itesio(4), lm(4), lmtemp(4), mfi(4), nsclpcsio(4), owtemp(4),
pic16lc(4), smsc(4), tctrl(4), thinkpad(4), tm121temp(4), ug(4),
envstat appeared in NetBSD 1.5. It was completely rewritten from scratch
for NetBSD 5.0.
The envstat utility that appeared in NetBSD 5.0 was written by Juan
Romero Pardines. The previous version was written by Bill Squier.
When displaying statistics using the -T option, the average value is an
average of the minimum, maximum, and current sensor values. It is not an
average of all current values displayed during the session.
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