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Find out which version of linux you are running

Terminal - Find out which version of linux you are running
cat /etc/*issue
2009-05-07 20:53:03
User: lv4tech
Functions: cat
Find out which version of linux you are running


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Terminal - Alternatives

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uname -a

Comment by Resolution 310 weeks and 1 day ago

There's a little difference between these 2:

# cat /etc/*issue

Welcome to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2 (x86_64) - Kernel \r (\l).

# uname -a

Linux ticket #1 SMP Fri Jan 16 14:59:01 UTC 2009 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Comment by Blackbit 310 weeks ago

lsb_release -d

Comment by flipouk 310 weeks ago


That only works if you have LSB installed. My distro didn't install it, I had to add it later.

Comment by rattis 310 weeks ago

I only get this:

cat /etc/*issue

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 \n \l

Comment by bunedoggle 310 weeks ago


That's what you are supposed to get. I work for a hosting company and do lots of VPS support.

cat /etc/issue

makes quick work of trying to figure out what type of guest image you are dropping into.

Comment by jemmille 309 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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