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Find Out My Linux Distribution Name and Version

Terminal - Find Out My Linux Distribution Name and Version
cat /etc/issue
2011-06-22 15:04:45
User: h3nr1x
Functions: cat
Find Out My Linux Distribution Name and Version

Another way of do it in debian like distros, don't know if works for others


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
cat /etc/*-release
lsb_release -ri
if [ -x /etc/*-release ]; then cat /etc/*-release ; else cat /etc/*-version ; fi

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What others think

/etc/issue is the message that precedes the "login:" prompt on a terminal. It does not necessarily report the linux version. An overly cautious sysadmin may empty or replace the file so strangers are not informed of the linux flavour and version when trying to break in.

Comment by Mozai 356 weeks ago

What happen if the admin modifies /etc/*-release?

Could it break some system funcionality (updates, messages, etc) if this file changes?

Comment by h3nr1x 355 weeks and 6 days ago

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