Sunday, December 25, 2011

What Linux distro/version is running

Most people know about uname -a to get a good amount of information. However, if you want an easy way to discover the distro/version you can run:

cat /etc/issue

The problem is that /etc/issue was never meant to keep track of the release version. So it may not exist on certain machines. I believe the most reliable method would be to:

cat /etc/*release


lsb_release -a

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