Standard way to detect the Linux distro installed

Wichert Akkerman wichert at
Thu Jul 27 10:22:07 PDT 2000

Previously Ivan Passos wrote:
> I almost got into a situation where I needed to know what Linux distro 
> I was trying to install my software in order to continue the 
> installation. Regardless of this not being really necessary in this 
> case (I found a way to get around the problem), I think it would be 
> nice to have a _standard_ way of knowing which Linux distro is 
> installed in the system.

This was already discussed and consensus was reached on introducint a
uname-like tool iirc.


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