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RE: /etc/redhat-release

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From: redhat-list-bounces redhat com [mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of m roth 5-cent us
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 3:50 PM
To: General Red Hat Linux discussion list
Subject: Re: /etc/redhat-release


inode0 wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 3:14 PM,  <m roth 5-cent us> wrote:
>> <snip>
>>> On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 2:15 PM, Stainforth, Matthew (SD/DS) 
>>> <Matthew Stainforth gnb ca> wrote:
>>>>> The "pain point" I mentioned was the inconsistent treatment of 
>>>>> /etc/redhat-release which causes maintenance work for those of us 
>>>>> who do need to parse it in scripts over time. We can expect 
>>>>> distinct cases for each major release of RHEL but there have also 
>>>>> been occasions where this file has changed in unpredictable ways 
>>>>> across minor update levels as well.
>> <snip>
>> Y'know, when all you want is lsb_release, and I know I'd noticed it 
>> when I installed it on some of our servers, but this finally 
>> penetrated, so I just did rpm -qi -R redhat-lsb. Can *ANYONE* explain 
>> to me why it needs libX11? I mean, it's a bloody command line shell 
>> script that prints to STDOUT!
> Having the redhat-lsb package installed is *supposed* to mean your 
> system is LSB compliant. That entails a lot more than that one shell 
> script.

Yeah, but that package, AFAIK, isn't supposed to *make* it compliant, just check if everything's there.



Name       : redhat-lsb
Arch       : x86_64
Version    : 3.1
Release    : 12.3.EL
Size       : 21 k
Repo       : rhel-x86_64-server-5
Summary    : LSB support for Red Hat Linux
License    : GPL
Description: The Linux Standards Base (LSB) is an attempt to develop a set of
           : standards that will increase compatibility among Linux
           : distributions. The redhat-lsb package provides utilities needed for
           : LSB Compliant Applications.  It also contains requirements that
           : will ensure that all components required by the LSB that are
           : provided by Red Hat Linux are installed on the system.

Looks like it does both.

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