host discovery (sysctl)

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – Hello people, I am doing some work and I need to do host discovery, e.g. number of cpus, disks, cpu types, blah, blah I know sysctl, fdisk, mount etc Any other techniques/tools? must be scriptable, i.e. no X windows. distro independent. don't really want to query proc (HowTos)