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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: cygwin-1.7.3-1

Tim McDaniel wrote on 2010-04-05:

On Mon, 5 Apr 2010, Christopher Faylor wrote:
On Mon, Apr 05, 2010 at 05:42:05PM +1000, Rurik Christiansen wrote:
* How do I know what the current release is ? (e.g. is there
something like /etc/redhat-release or whatever ? The docs mention
/var/log/setup ... but is not clear at all)

... Otherwise, as Dave Korn suggests, you can *read the website*.

I suppose that "/etc/redhat-release" is not as well-known a concept as he or I had thought. As I understand it, it's a file that's maintained by the Redhat installation software to show, in an easy human-readable way, what is currently installed on the running system. It is only updated by new installs run on the machine. I think that some other distributions put something in /etc/motd.

There's the LSB, Linux Standards Base, and it supports a "lsb_release" command, try "lsb_release -a" for a start, here a few samplers:

LSB Version: core-2.0-ia32:core-3.0-ia32:core-3.1-ia32:core-3.2-ia32:core-4.0-ia32:core-2.0-noarch:core-3.0-noarch:core-3.1-noarch:core-3.2-noarch:core-4.0-noarch:cxx-3.0-ia32:cxx-3.1-ia32:cxx-3.2-ia32:cxx-4.0-ia32:cxx-3.0-noarch:cxx-3.1-noarch:cxx-3.2-noarch:cxx-4.0-noarch:printing-3.2-ia32:printing-4.0-ia32:printing-3.2-noarch:printing-4.0-noarch
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS
Release: 8.04
Codename: hardy

LSB Version: core-2.0-ia32:core-2.0-noarch:core-3.0-ia32:core-3.0-noarch:core-3.1-ia32:core-3.1-noarch:core-3.2-ia32:core-3.2-noarch:core-4.0-ia32:core-4.0-noarch:cxx-3.0-ia32:cxx-3.0-noarch:cxx-3.1-ia32:cxx-3.1-noarch:cxx-3.2-ia32:cxx-3.2-noarch:cxx-4.0-ia32:cxx-4.0-noarch:desktop-3.1-ia32:desktop-3.1-noarch:desktop-3.2-ia32:desktop-3.2-noarch:desktop-4.0-ia32:desktop-4.0-noarch:graphics-2.0-ia32:graphics-2.0-noarch:graphics-3.0-ia32:graphics-3.0-noarch:graphics-3.1-ia32:graphics-3.1-noarch:graphics-3.2-ia32:graphics-3.2-noarch:graphics-4.0-ia32:graphics-4.0-noarch:qt4-3.1-ia32:qt4-3.1-noarch
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 9.10
Release: 9.10
Codename: karmic

LSB Version: core-2.0-noarch:core-3.2-noarch:core-4.0-noarch:core-2.0-ia32:core-3.2-ia32:core-4.0-ia32:desktop-4.0-ia32:desktop-4.0-noarch:graphics-2.0-ia32:graphics-2.0-noarch:graphics-3.2-ia32:graphics-3.2-noarch:graphics-4.0-ia32:graphics-4.0-noarch
Distributor ID: SUSE LINUX
Description: openSUSE 11.2 (i586)
Release: 11.2
Codename: n/a

-- Matthias Andree

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