[erlang-questions] Accessing the SNMP MIB 'Description' field

Martin Bjorklund <>
Wed Jan 9 09:37:40 CET 2013


Hi,

Bernie Duggan <> wrote:
> Hi list,
> I'm using the built-in SNMP agent module (snmpa) to read some SNMP
> data, and I was wondering if there's any way to access the DESCRIPTION
> field in the MIBS (either through snmpa or any other mechanism that
> doesn't involve me parsing the mib text files myself). The snmpc mib
> compiler provides a '--desc' option to include the description field
> into the compiled files (which can then be loaded by snmpa) but I
> can't see any way to access that data even if it is included.

The info is available (I think ;) in the #me{} (mib entry).  Use like
this:

  {value, OID} = snmpa:name_to_oid(snmpEngineID),
  {ok, ME} = snmpa:me_of(OID ++ [0]),
  ME#me.description.

See the documentation for snmpa:me_of().


/martin



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