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I know that it is possible to get the kernel version from a running system using "uname" command.
I have a kernel image file in linux/arch/arm/boot/uImage.
Is it possible to get similar information from this image file? and how?
@macemoneta: Thank you for the response. I tried this command, but it does not work as I expected.
$uImage: u-boot/PPCBoot image
What I expect is something like below:
$ uname -a
$ Linux 220.127.116.11-ptx-trunk #1 PREEMPT Wed Mar 16 14:40:18 CET 2011 armv5tejl GNU/Linux
This info is available in the image file, but I don't know how to extract it.
You need to update the '/etc/magic' or '/usr/share/misc/magic' (whichever exists on your system) with the displacements for the information. See man 5 magic. Once that's updated, the file command will be able to pull the information automatically.
Update: Google says you need:
# u-boot/PPCBoot image file
# From: Mark Brown <email@example.com>
0 belong 0x27051956 u-boot/PPCBoot image
>4 string PPCBoot
>>12 string x version %s
Last edited by macemoneta; 03-25-2011 at 08:55 AM.
If the kernel image is compressed, you might be able to de-compress it first (but, as I recall, this is not as straightforward as you might expect). Otherwise, the strings command will find any strings of human-readable text in files of any description. It should be too hard to isolate the one that you're looking for.