smiquery - query single information from SMI MIB modules


smiquery [ -Vh ] [ -p module ] command name


The smiquery program is used to query information on a single item from an MIB module, e.g. module meta information or a single type definition.


-V, --version
 Show the smiquery version and exit.
-h, --help
 Show a help text and exit. The help text lists all available commands.
-p module, --preload module
 Preload the module module before reading the main module. This may be helpful if an incomplete main module misses to import some definitions.
command name
 This specifies the kind of information to retrieve (module, imports, revisions, node, parent, compliance, index, members, children, type, or macro) and the item to retrieve.
The module in question is searched along a path, which is initialized by the SMIPATH environment variable or by /usr/share/mibs if SMIPATH is not set. Files with a .sming extension are expected to be (old-style!) SMIng module files. Files with a .my or without any extension are expected to be SMIv1/v2 module files.


This example queries for information on the node ifNumber defined in the module IF-MIB.

$ smiquery node IF-MIB::ifNumber MibNode: IF-MIB::ifNumber          OID:          Type: Integer32 Declaration: OBJECT-TYPE NodeKind: scalar         Access: read-only         Status: current Description: The number of network interfaces (regardless of their                 current state) present on this system.


The libsmi(3) project is documented at


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