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Old 10-13-2005, 03:17 AM   #1
shifty_eyes
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Distro Information from Bash


Hi, I'm working on a superkaramba theme and I was wondering if there is a way to determine which specific distro a person is using. Is there maybe some obscure file or enviroment variable that holds this information? Or possibly a script that tries to guess based on the systems configuration floating around the internet?

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Old 10-13-2005, 03:37 AM   #2
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Code:
cat /proc/version
*should* give you some version-specific information. At least you should be able to parse the string that returns to get a clue or an idea.
 
Old 10-13-2005, 03:38 AM   #3
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And if above doesn't work (wich is hardly the case):

Most likely you will find a file in /etc, called something like "<distro>_version". Let your program search for such file, and cat the output. Though, i must add, that it's distro dependent. Some use another file for this.

Another way might be the uname -a command. This might give you some usefull info too.

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Old 10-13-2005, 03:51 AM   #4
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$cat /etc/DistroName-release
 
Old 10-13-2005, 06:16 AM   #5
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Code:
uname --operating-system
seems to give the string without all the extra information. It would be useful too.
 
Old 10-13-2005, 05:34 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the replies guys
On my box (Slackware 10.1) the most promising thing so far is the slackware-version file in /etc. Everything else just gives me GNU/Linux. I guess ill just write a script to grep around in /etc for simmiler files for the more mainstream distros, and if that dosnt work for someone i guess they'll just have to change the .theme file themselves. Isn't opensource great?

Thanks again
 
Old 10-13-2005, 08:31 PM   #7
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For Arch Linux, the file is /etc/arch-release
 
Old 10-13-2005, 09:18 PM   #8
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I'm using Slackware 10.0. Where does the uname information come from? (i.e. where is it set to say GNU/Linux?)
 
  


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