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Author lemburg
Recipients benjamin.peterson, bgomes, christian.heimes, draghuram, georg.brandl, lemburg, pavel.vinogradov, sapetnioc, zooko
Date 2008-09-23.20:05:22
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On 2008-09-23 21:49, Zooko O'Whielacronx wrote:
> Zooko O'Whielacronx <> added the comment:
> MAL:  why do you say it is better to look for
> /etc/$supportedplatform-release files first instead of looking for
> /etc/lsb-release first?

Because that's exactly what lsb_release does as well. The data
in /etc/lsb-release can only override data already parsed from
the /etc/<distro>-release file.

> I do not know if /etc/lsb-release is suitably generic -- I've tried it
> only on a few platforms.  I do know that executing lsb_release is
> suitably generic since it is standard, but I prefer not to try it first
> since it imposes about half-a-second delay.

lsb_release is standard on LSB compliant Linuxes, but the much
older /etc/<distro>-release file approach is still valid and in
wide use.

E.g. on SuSE, /etc/lsb-release doesn't contain any usable
distribution information. On Fedora, that file doesn't exist at

It's better to follow the approach taken by lsb_release and then
add calling lsb_release as one of the methods taken by
_dist_try_harder() (using platform.popen()) should the parsers

This avoids spawning a process in most cases.
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2008-09-23 20:05:24lemburgsetrecipients: + lemburg, georg.brandl, zooko, draghuram, christian.heimes, sapetnioc, benjamin.peterson, pavel.vinogradov, bgomes
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