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Re: Please add debian_releases to base-files (was Re: Bits from the release team: full steam ahead towards buster)

On 20 April 2018 at 15:46, Marvin Renich <mrvn@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Package: base-files
> Version: 10.1
> Severity: wishlist
> * Stephan Seitz <stse+debian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> [180420 07:38]:
>> On Do, Apr 19, 2018 at 11:00:37 +0200, Christoph Biedl wrote:
>> > But being human I prefer names over numbers, even if it's just for
>> > aesthetic reason - "buster" is just more comfortable than "debian10".
>> No, it’s not. I know that my systems are running Debian 8 or 9, but I always
>> have to think if stretch is 9 or was it jessie.
>> I have to look up the name not the number.
> I have often wanted to have on my system a text file containing the
> correspondence between code name and release number.  I know this is one
> more thing for the base-files maintainer to do during an already busy
> period just before release, but if he is willing, it would be nice to
> have a file, suggested to be /usr/share/doc/base-files/debian_releases,
> that contains each code name with its Debian release number, as well as
> the code name for the current testing release.
> I know this info is in the Debian wiki, but having it in a local text
> file is more convenient.  I would also be okay if this were a text file
> in debian-history, but I find that solution less satisfactory than being
> in base-files which is essential/required.
> I would also like /etc/debian_version to contain both number and name,
> but I suspect there is some resistance to this on the grounds that
> scripts may be using $(cat /etc/debian_version) for comparisons.
> Perhaps /etc/debian_codename?  Since debian_version contains
> codename/sid for testing and unstable, debian_codename could just
> contain the codename.
> Santiago, if you are willing to do either or both of these, I would
> appreciate it, but I certainly understand if it is just one too many
> things to remember during release prep.  If you don't want
> debian_releases in base-files, I'll reassign this bug to debian-history.

Have you tried $ debian-distro-info at all?

There are multiple bindings to it. there is csv file at

And one can call it in many helpful ways:

$ debian-distro-info --testing

$ debian-distro-info --series buster -r

Fix released by distro-info package? It lets you query things about
all the releases. There is ubuntu-distro-info to check all the Awesome
Animals too....