Standard way to detect the Linux distro installed

Thorsten Kukuk kukuk at
Thu Jul 27 23:58:59 PDT 2000

On Fri, Jul 28, Evan Leibovitch wrote:

> On Thu, 27 Jul 2000, Thorsten Kukuk wrote:
> > We spoke about this at the last LSB meeting. The consens was, that
> > uname should be patched to display the Distribution and version if
> > you use special parameter.
> > But we also said that this should only be used for support questions
> > and finding problems, not for installation.
> I don't think you can control that. If the command is widely and
> consistently implemented, it will be used in whatever way users and
> vendors want.
> An ISV may design their app to installs to an LSB spec, but when possible
> to take advantage of a special facility only avalable on certain distros.
> The LSB can recommend against such practice but probably can't stop it.

Yes, the LSB cannot stop it. But the LSB can say, if you use this
feature for installation, your application is not LSB conform.


Thorsten Kukuk       kukuk at
SuSE GmbH            Schanzaeckerstr. 10            90443 Nuernberg
Linux is like a Vorlon.  It is incredibly powerful, gives terse,
cryptic answers and has a lot of things going on in the background.

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