Re: What to do about /etc/debian_version
How about creating a directory called "/etc/organizations" including the
Contains the text "Debian Unstable http://www.debian.org"
Found in perhaps the unstable version of base files package.
Contains the text "Helix Gnome version X.Y http://whatever"
found in helix's gnome-base package
Contains the text "TYDC KDE http://whatever"
found in the kdebase package.
contains the text "Corel (tm) ver X.Y http://www.corel.com"
found in corel's base-files
Then to see what you've got installed at boot up and at on the login
echo This Debian based system contains components from the following
echo Please contact the appropriate organization with trouble reports.
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Subject: Re: What to do about /etc/debian_version
* Bart Schuller (firstname.lastname@example.org) [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
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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