easiest way to get kernel version without uname

strings /boot/kernel-file | grep 2.6
recently some in the #linux shared this. to find out the kernel version name from the binary without using uname
Sample Output
2.6.28-gentoo-r5 (root@livecd) #1 SMP Fri May 29 17:47:49 IST 2009

2009-09-30 06:21:40

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kapsh · 606 weeks and 1 day ago
Uh, my kernel-file already has the version in the filename. Moreover, I have multiple kernels in that directory. This command doesn't show you your kernel's version as much as it shows a specific kernel's version.
kaedenn · 606 weeks and 1 day ago
just do dmesg. The first few lines will contain the kernel version ex: dmesg Booting Linux on physical CPU 0 Initializing cgroup subsys cpu Linux version 3.4.67-01422-gd3ffcc7-dirty (digit@tyrion.par.corp.google.com) (gcc version 4.8 (GCC) ) #1 PREEMPT Tue Sep 16 19:34:06 CEST 2014
sagarsakre · 342 weeks and 1 day ago

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