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Linux Version Help

Want to know which version your linux box is? Simple question isn't it...

Run the following commands:

  1. cat /etc/*-release - This will give the distro of your linux
    1. For Ex: for RHEL 5 it will give: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5 (Tikanga)
  2. lsb_release -a - The lsb_release command displays certain LSB (Linux Standard Base) and distribution-specific information
    1. For Ex:    LSB Version: :core-3.1-ia32 Distributor ID: RedHatEnterpriseClient Description: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Client release 5.4 (Tikanga) Release: 5.4 Codename: Tikanga
  3. uname -mrs - this will give you your kernel version
    1. for ex: Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64 x86_64
    2. where: 
      1. Linux - Kernel name
      2. 2.6.32-5-amd64 - Kernel version number
      3. x86_64 - Machine hardware name (64 bit)


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