use /etc/os-release for distribution information

Bug #1278016 reported by Mike Miller on 2014-02-09
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Dustin Kirkland 

Bug Description

Please consider using /etc/os-release for distribution identification. The distro and release scripts defer to /etc/issue before calling lsb_release for performance reasons. However, /etc/issue is frequently modified to display corporate banners, legal warnings, or other machine or site-specific information.

The /etc/os-release file contains the same information as lsb_release but in a simple key=value flat file. This can be tested for existence before /etc/issue and read for the same bits that come from /etc/issue and /etc/debian_version.

This file has been present on Ubuntu since precise-updates, on Debian since wheezy, on RHEL 7 beta, and probably all current versions of Fedora.

I have no tested patch adding this support yet, but if you're interested I can look at it.

Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) wrote :

Thanks for the suggestion and bug, Mike. This looks pretty straightforward. I'll get around to it.


Changed in byobu:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
assignee: nobody → Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland)
Changed in byobu:
status: Triaged → In Progress
Changed in byobu:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Changed in byobu:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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