Find distro name and/or version/release

cat /etc/*-release
Works for most distributions, tested on Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Gentoo, SUSE, RedHat. Debian and Slackware: cat /etc/*version
Sample Output
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=7.10
DISTRIB_CODENAME=gutsy
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 7.10"

[OR]

CentOS release 5.2 (Final)

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2009-02-26 08:22:01

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Whe you have a fresh install you can see the distro name in: cat /etc/issue When you are in terminal login screen the escape sequence provide information about the system.
starchox · 486 weeks and 1 day ago
lsb-release -a parses the /etc/lsb-release file, too.
raphink · 486 weeks and 1 day ago
bump for starchox.. I use that command, and I like it because it also works on non-linux systems... like hp-ux, aix, solaris etc. It's really sad however that we cant all agree to agree on an interface for this if system Q wants to use file M that's fine.. lets just get a common interface and either export it or make a common function like distroname or osname if its just a bash script that says select case blah blah call cat /etc/issue; cat /etc/*release than fine :-) or even a symlink to whereever they really keep it. if im not lazy maybe ill right and post this later.
EdelRSX · 486 weeks and 1 day ago
bump for starchox.. I use that command, and I like it because it also works on non-linux systems... like hp-ux, aix, solaris etc. It's really sad however that we cant all agree to agree on an interface for this if system Q wants to use file M that's fine.. lets just get a common interface and either export it or make a common function like distroname or osname if its just a bash script that says select case blah blah call cat /etc/issue; cat /etc/*release than fine :-) or even a symlink to whereever they really keep it. if im not lazy maybe ill right and post this later.
EdelRSX · 486 weeks and 1 day ago
Does not work for me.
hendry · 426 weeks and 1 day ago
@hendry cat /etc/*release* is newest and best.
sudopeople · 380 weeks ago

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