[systemd-devel] [HEADS-UP] Support for /etc/os-release now kinda mandatory

Lennart Poettering lennart at poettering.net
Tue Feb 14 10:16:46 PST 2012

On Mon, 13.02.12 18:39, Lennart Poettering (lennart at poettering.net) wrote:

> > We are taking this as first step for removing all the per-distro
> > ifdeffery we have in systemd. Since many major and a lot of minor
> > distributions have adopted /etc/os-release already (including finally
> > our own Fedora, as per last week) this shouldn't really break anything
> > for most folks. And if your distribution still hasn't adopted
> > /etc/os-release consider our move additional incentive to do so now.
> BTW, in case your distribution doesn't know /etc/os-release yet, and
> you'd like to change that: here's the documentation for this file with
> an example how it should look like:
> http://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/os-release.html

Just a quick note: we now added a CPE field to this, on popular
request. If you have already adopted this file in your distro, then it
might be a good idea to update it to include the CPE name for your

(Also, yes, the subject of this thread was borked, it's /etc/os-release,
not /dev/os-release. Sorry for the confusion).


Lennart Poettering - Red Hat, Inc.

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