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Re: Debian testing - release number

On 02/07/18 05:31, David Wright wrote:
> On Sun 01 Jul 2018 at 22:44:17 (+1200), Richard Hector wrote:
>> On 28/06/18 16:40, David Wright wrote:
>>> On Wed 27 Jun 2018 at 19:49:13 (+0200), Martin Krämer wrote:
>>>> I am wondering if it is possible to get the debian release number
>>>> for debian testing (and maybe sid) from command line?
>>> Yes.
>>> # cat > /etc/debian_version
>>> Write whatever you want here
>>> ^D
>>> Job done. (That's a control-D.)
>>> Whether it's advisable to depend on its being numerical is a different matter.
>> Wait, what? Are you trying to get it, or set it? Why would you want to
>> edit that?
> As Brad has already pointed out, "[…] [testing] will get the official
> release number 10 when buster becomes the stable branch of Debian."
> That's been policy AIUI at least since Debian 1.0 was not released.
> Meanwhile this question is asked, answered, and (re)submitted as a bug.
> What seems to be lost on people who feel a pressing need for
> /etc/debian_version to contain a number to satisfy some script that
> they have written (which seems to be the usual reason) is that
> /etc/debian_version is a configuration file. Look in the
> .deb file and there it is, along with /etc/issue{,.net} which
> determine how you are greeted {locally,remotely}. So admins are
> free to set them all how they like.

I accept that you _can_ edit it. I just don't see why you'd want to,
especially in terms of the OP's request to find out what the version
number is. If the file has the version number, fine. If not, changing
the file still isn't going to help.


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