[lsb-discuss] Re: New uname option to query exact OS distribution
prothonotar at tarnation.dyndns.org
Thu Aug 26 14:39:38 PDT 2004
On Thu, 2004-08-26 at 19:28 +0200, Dr. Giovanni A. Orlando wrote:
> Tobias Burnus wrote:
> Will someone implement this feature ?
> Today, I start to implement, and see that on rpm-based distro,
> likes: RedHat, Yellowdog, FTOSX, etc
> haves the file, "/etc/'distro-name'-release that may be got from rpm
> I also note that generally, all these distro haves no differents at
> all between company name and distro name:
> * Company name: YellowDog,
> * Distro name = "Company-Name" Linux
> We instead adopt vendor: "ftosx", more similar to other
> rpm-implementations, and use Vendor: Future Technologies Inc
> inside the of "futuretg".
> Mandrake adopt a similar approach, because the name of the OS is
> different that the name of company, MandrakeSoft.
Again, why not use lsb_release to get this information? Getting a vendor
to support lsb_release has to be easier than getting them to patch uname
to work to contain the distribution info (since the information you want
is not available in the uname syscall).
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