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I have been given access to what was called a "Linux server"

The problem is I am not told if its CeentOS, Red Hat, etc

Is there a simple command that will tell me the version of Linux, no matter what the version of Linux you are running?

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Question by:Anthony Lucia
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by:Seth Simmons
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uname -a will give you the kernel version and architecture; can probably guess from the version the distribution
if it's a red hat or variant, you can do cat /etc/redhat-release and it will show the OS version
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woolmilkporc earned 500 total points
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cat /proc/version

could also help.

(Not only) on Ubuntu you can try

cat /etc/issue

if you didn't modify the content of this file too much, that is.
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by:NickUpson
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also cat /etc/redhat*
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by:Tintin
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In most cases

cat /etc/*release
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by:Saravanan Palanisamy
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In redhat & centos, Use this command dmesg | sed -n '3p'
It will show Linux distro, version details as well as kernel version.
In Ubuntu & Debian, Use this command dmesg | sed -n '4p'
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