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Re: What to do about /etc/debian_version

* Bart Schuller (schuller@lunatech.com) [010105 07:48]:
> I've seen third-party software install scripts use the file to determine
> which Linux distribution it's running on.

Yes, I think it's important to have one central file that can show
(roughly) which version of the OS is running.  Being human and
machine parsable.

3rd party software uses it, users like to know it, etc.

However, it's going to be much more confusing as you get the ability
to pull in peices from different places (via apt, package pools,

Is a system that pulls in woody plus helix *still* a woody system?
Or is something else?

Maybe apt/dpkg are the only things that can acurrately tell us what
the system is.

I suspect this is a policy desicion more than anything, though.


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