[lsb-discuss] Developing for LSB

Christopher Yeoh cyeoh at samba.org
Tue Jun 3 00:51:43 PDT 2003

At 2003/6/3 17:34+1000  Tom Howard writes:
> From what I have been able to find, /etc/lsb-release or /bin/lsb_release can 
> be used to determine if a given platform is LSB compliant and which version 
> it is compliant with.  How stable is the format of this information intended 
> to be?

You should use the lsb_release program. We will keep the output format
of this program stable.

> I guess my real question is what is the best way for a program to determine 
> the LSB version of the platform it is running on?

I think using lsb_release is the best way. 

> Just an another quick question.  SuSE 8.2 is listed as being LSB 1.3 
> compliant, yet /etc/lsb-release and /bin/lsb_release report 1.2 compliance.  
> I have reported it to them as a bug (please let me know if it isn't), but 
> shouldn't the certification tests pick this sort of thing up?

We have a lot of work to do on increasing the coverage of the test
suites. A commands and utilities test suite will most likely be ready
for LSB 2.0 and that could cover lsb_release.


cyeoh at au.ibm.com
IBM OzLabs Linux Development Group
Canberra, Australia

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