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FSG lsb_release v2.0 prints certain LSB (Linux Standard Base) and Distribution informa-
With no OPTION specified defaults to -v.
Display the version of the LSB specification against which the distribution is com-
Display the string id of the distributor.
Display the single line text description of the distribution.
Display the release number of the distribution.
Display the codename according to the distribution release.
Display all of the above information.
Use short output format for information requested by other options (or version if
Display this message.
If the installation is LSB compliant, the "/etc/lsb-release" file should contain the
LSB_VERSION field. The value of the field should be a colon separated list of supported
module versions indicating the LSB specification modules to which the installation is com-
pliant. If the installation is not compliant, the above field should not be present.
Optional fields are DISTRIB_ID, DISTRIB_RELEASE, DISTRIB_CODENAME, DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION and
can be used to override information which is parsed from the "/etc/distrib-release" file.
If the "/etc/lsb-release.d" directory exists, it is searched for filenames which are taken
as additional module-version strings to add to LSB_VERSION.
The "/etc/distrib-release" file contains a description line which is parsed to get infor-
mation (especially on currently non-LSB compliant systems).
The required line style is:
"Distributor release x.x (Codename)"
Where Distributor can be a couple of words, but then concatenated (i.e. Linux Foo BarLinux
Linux -> FooBarLinux),
x.x starts with a digit followed by any non-blank characters, Codename will also be con-
catenated (blanks cleanup only).
release may not be used as a keyword in DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION if you don't want to override
Notice: To support the Debian distributions' lack of information (see "/etc/debian_ver-
sion" file) some have been directly added into the lsb_release script.
If the "/etc/lsb-release" file contains:
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="I enjoy using my distrib"
and the "/etc/lsb-release.d" directory contains:
and the "/etc/foobar-release" file contains:
My Linux Distrib release 1.0RC4 (TryIt)
Then the results of various options will be:
$ ./lsb_release --all
LSB Version: core-2.0-ia64:core-2.0-noarch:graphics-2.0-ia64:graphics-2.0-noarch
Distributor ID: MyDistrib
Description: I enjoy using my distrib
$ ./lsb_release -a -s
1.0 MyDistrib "I enjoy using my distrib" 1.0RC4 TryIt
If the "/etc/lsb-release" file is absent (indicating this is not an LSB compliant distri-
bution), the result will be:
$ ./lsb_release -a
LSB Version: n/a
Distributor ID: MyDistrib
Description: My Linux Distrib release 1.0RC4 (TryIt)
Report bugs at http://bugs.linuxbase.org. Please include a complete, self contained exam-
ple that will allow the bug to be reproduced, and say which version of lsb_release you are
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This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not
even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Originally written by Dominique MASSONIE.
FSG lsb_release v2.0 June 2014 FSG(1)