tdf#140286 - CALC formula =INFO("OSVERSION") gives wrong output

Chris Sherlock chris.sherlock79 at
Fri Jan 14 01:14:11 UTC 2022

> On 14 Jan 2022, at 10:24 am, Leyan Ouyang < at> wrote:
>> On 1/13/22 17:27, Wols Lists wrote:
>> On 13/01/2022 15:57, Kohei Yoshida wrote: 
>>> On 13.01.2022 10:38, Chris Sherlock wrote: 
>>>> That’s my take also. But apparently, it isn’t important on Linux so we 
>>>> shouldn’t change it. Because no-one uses Excel on Linux, therefore 
>>>> they would never use this function if they use Linux. 
>>> I wasn't there obviously so I don't know the nuance of the discussion. But the fact that nobody uses Excel on Linux means we have a bit of freedom to decide what to return there since we are not bound by the compatibility concerns, rather than just declaring "we shouldn't change it".  That'd be my take. 
>>> Of course, I don't have a skin in the game, so I'll leave the final decision to whoever is more appropriate. 
>> I remember hearing somewhere there is an official port of Excel for linux (and I used to run it under Wine), so some people do. 
>> Although whether the "official port" is Office 365 running in the browser I don't know. Maybe I should try it, I do have a subscription :-( See what it returns. 
> I just tried it, it is not recognized in the online version. This is mentioned in the documentation as well: "Note: The INFO function is not available in Excel Web App." (

I would prefer the string to be in the format:

Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle) Kernel: (whatever it might be)

This is close to what is returned for the Mac and Windows versions.

It shouldn’t be too hard to parse /etc/os-release

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