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CentOS: lsb_release: command not found

First let me declare that I’m new to CentOS. The folowing is a note to self which demonstrates how we search for a package that provides some commands and intall it using yum on CentOS.

When I ran ‘lsb_release -a’, the following message is returned:

-bash: lbs_release: command not found

To fix it, we need to install the package which provides lsb_release command.

# yum provides */lsb_release
...
redhat-lsb-4.0-3.el6.centos.i686 : LSB base libraries support for CentOS
Repo : base
Matched from:
Filename : /usr/bin/lsb_release

redhat-lsb-4.0-3.el6.centos.x86_64 : LSB base libraries support for CentOS
Repo : base
Matched from:
Filename : /usr/bin/lsb_release

dkms-2.2.0.3-2.el6.noarch : Dynamic Kernel Module Support Framework
Repo : epel
Matched from:
Filename : /usr/lib/dkms/lsb_release

So, let’s install redhat-lsb package:

# yum install redhat-lsb

...
Transaction Summary
==========================================================
Install 106 Package(s)

Total download size: 86 M
Installed size: 246 M
Is this ok [y/N]:
...

Wow, the insalled size of 246 M? No, it’s not ok.

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How to tell which Linux distro you’re running

Update:

Thanks to Jayen, there is a better way:

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 9.10
Release: 9.10
Codename: karmic

$ cat /etc/issue
Debian GNU/Linux squeeze/sid \n \l

Or


$ cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.6.32-trunk-686 (Debian 2.6.32-5) (ben@decadent.org.uk) (gcc version 4.3.4 (Debian 4.3.4-6) ) #1 SMP Sun Jan 10 06:32:16 UTC 2010

Source: Which Linux Distro are you using??

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