Re: Is there a way to positively, uniquely identify which Debian release a program is running on?
On Thu, 31 May 2007, Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña wrote:
> On Thu, May 31, 2007 at 02:06:28PM +0200, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > That would "bless" the abuse of /etc/debian_version. IMHO, it would be
> > good for Debian if we continue to discourage its use.
> LSB compliance (which is a release goal) obliges us to provide proper
> versioning information for releases. That means we have to have a (standard)
> way for other software to determine which version of our distribution
> they are running in.
> The lsb_release scripts relies on /etc/debian_version. It also uses of
> /etc/apt/sources.list is a -bad- hack to work around the testing/unstable
> problem (and introduces some bugs).
> As you are the maintainer for base-files, and it provides
> /etc/debian_version, what do you suggest we do for LSB compliance?
I suggest we forget about LSB compliance of testing and unstable,
since they are not really "releases".