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Re: Is there a way to positively, uniquely identify which Debian release a program is running on?

* Kris Deugau <kdeugau@vianet.ca> [2007-05-30 23:06]:
> However, there doesn't seem to be any single, consistent,
> doesn't-change-for-the-life-of-the-release, programmatically possible
> (never mind *easy* just yet...) method to find out if I'm on Debian
> sarge, etch, lenny, or some third-party Debian-derived distribution.

> Nor does there seem to be any similar indicator to see if I'm on Debian
> 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, or whatever version list a third-party distro is up to
> this week.  (Side note:  When is the number version of a new release
> decided?)
> On RHEL and derived distros, there's usually a file /etc/redhat-release
> (sometimes renamed, but usually trivially enough that it can be found
> with little trouble) containing both the distro code name and the
> version number.  It may change a little on point releases, but it's
> stable, consistent, and unique to each release.


Kind regards
Nico Golde - http://ngolde.de - nion@jabber.ccc.de - GPG: 0x73647CFF
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