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Re: standard for distribution identification

Candee Sumner <candee.sumner@mscsoftware.com> writes:

> Is there a standard for identifying a particular Linux distribution? I
> typically use the /etc/issue file to determine what flavor of Linux is
> on the system. But for security purposes, the information in this file
> may be altered to hide this information.
> I have noticed that some distributions use an /etc/<DISTRO_NAME>-release
> file that contains similar information. For example, Redhat has an
> /etc/redhat-release file. Is this a standard? 

Not that I know of, but we started this with Red Hat Linux 3.0.3
(Picasso) AFAIR.

Trond Eivind Glomsrød
Red Hat, Inc.

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