Determining Which Distribution Is Running on a Host

30 minutes
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

In this hands-on lab, we will determine the Linux distribution that is running on the lab host. As a System Administrator, it’s not uncommon to log into an unfamiliar system to perform troubleshooting and other tasks, and this lab gives us a chance to practice discovering details about the operating system.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

View the Release Files
  1. We can view the release files by using globbing to pick up every file that contains the word "release" in the /etc/ directory.
    cat /etc/*release*
View the Issue Files
  1. We can view the issue files by using globbing to pick up every file that contains the word "issue" in the /etc/ directory.
    cat /etc/*issue*
Run a Utility to Determine the Linux Distribution
  1. We can use a couple of utilities to determine the distribution. We can either use lsb_release -a, or for systemd-based systems, we can use hostnamectl.

Additional Resources

Your supervisor has given you the address and credentials to a remote Linux host and asked you to determine what distribution and version are currently running on the system for an audit.

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