Sometimes you’re working on a system and you’re not entirely sure which Linux distribution it is. There are several ways to find out what you’re working with and I keep forgetting what they commands are to get there – so here’s a quick list for all of us.
Release and Distribution
Most systems (but not all) have a file called something-release in the /etc directory. On CentOS and Redhat this is /etc/redhat-release. Display the contents of that file and you’ll find out:
This is not going to work on an Ubuntu system for example where the file is called something different. The best approach hence is to call
which will give you the output no matter which distribution you’re on. You may also try
however this does not work on all systems. When it does it will typically show you a more detailed output.
If you want to dig even deeper and find out which Kernel you’re using, or if you’re working on a 32/64 bit system, try issuing
which will show you those. Try -a instead for a more detailed output.
Hope this helps 😉