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sensors-sys: Unsafe Rust bindings for libsensors

lm-sensors provides user-space support for the hardware monitoring drivers in Linux.

This crate is Linux-specific. Building it for non-Linux platforms, or for the Linux kernel, results in an empty crate.

This crate links to libsensors, and requires it to be installed. See below for example installation instructions.

Installing libsensors

This crate links to libsensors, and requires it to be installed.

The library, its C header files, and the clang compiler need to be installed on the build machine. On Debian, for example, one can install that as follows:

$ sudo apt install clang libsensors-dev

If the library is linked dynamically (most typical configuration), then it needs to be installed on the target computer in order to run the resulting program. On Debian, for example, one can install it as follows:

$ sudo apt install libsensors5

Supported environment variables

This crate depends on some environment variables, and variants of those. For each environment variable (e.g., CC), the following are the accepted variants of it:

  • <var>_<target>, e.g., CC_aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu.
  • <var>_<target-with-underscores>, e.g., CC_aarch64_unknown_linux_gnu.
  • TARGET_<var>, e.g., TARGET_CC.
  • <var>, e.g., CC.

The following environment variables (and their variants) affect how this crate is built:

  • CC

Dynamic or static linking

This crate links to libsensors dynamically if possible, except when targeting platforms based on the musl C library.

This behavior can be changed either by setting the environment variable LMSENSORS_STATIC to 1, or by enabling the crate feature static. If both are defined, then the value of LMSENSORS_STATIC takes precedence.

Setting LMSENSORS_STATIC to 0 mandates dynamic linking.

Finding lm-sensors library and headers

By default, this crate finds lm-sensors headers and library based on the default target C compiler.

This behavior can be changed by:

  • Either defining the environment variable LMSENSORS_PATH to the path of a directory containing the sub-directories include and lib where the headers and library are installed.
  • Or by defining one or both of the environment variables LMSENSORS_INCLUDE_DIR and LMSENSORS_LIB_DIR to paths to the directories where headers and library are present. If LMSENSORS_PATH is also defined, then LMSENSORS_INCLUDE_DIR and LMSENSORS_LIB_DIR take precedence.

Depending on this crate

This crate provides the following variables to other crates that depend on it:

  • DEP_LMSENSORS_INCLUDE: Path of the directory where library C header files reside.
  • DEP_LMSENSORS_LIB: Path of the directory where the library binary resides.

Documentation-only build mode

The documentation-only build mode allows building documentation even if libsensors and its headers are unavailable. To build in this mode, set the environment variable DOCS_RS to 1:

$ env DOCS_RS=1 cargo doc --open

The generated documentation is based on libsensors version 3.6.0.

⚠️ The generated crate might be unusable in this mode.


This project adheres to Semantic Versioning. The CHANGELOG.md file details notable changes over time.


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