Commit e17fb729 authored by Lennart Poettering's avatar Lennart Poettering

man: document /etc/os-release

parent ee486472
......@@ -508,7 +508,8 @@ MANPAGES = \
man/tmpfiles.d.5 \
man/hostname.5 \
man/vconsole.conf.5 \
man/locale.conf.5
man/locale.conf.5 \
man/os-release.5
MANPAGES_ALIAS = \
man/reboot.8 \
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<refentry id="os-release">
<refentryinfo>
<title>os-release</title>
<productname>systemd</productname>
<authorgroup>
<author>
<contrib>Developer</contrib>
<firstname>Lennart</firstname>
<surname>Poettering</surname>
<email>lennart@poettering.net</email>
</author>
</authorgroup>
</refentryinfo>
<refmeta>
<refentrytitle>os-release</refentrytitle>
<manvolnum>5</manvolnum>
</refmeta>
<refnamediv>
<refname>os-release</refname>
<refpurpose>Operating system identification</refpurpose>
</refnamediv>
<refsynopsisdiv>
<para><filename>/etc/os-release</filename></para>
</refsynopsisdiv>
<refsect1>
<title>Description</title>
<para>The <filename>/etc/os-release</filename> file
contains operating system identification data.</para>
<para>The basic file format of
<filename>os-release</filename> is a
newline-separated list of environment-like
shell-compatible variable assignments. It is possible
to source the configuration from shell scripts,
however, beyond mere variable assignments no shell
features are supported, allowing applications to read
the file without implementing a shell compatible
execution engine.</para>
<para><filename>/etc/os-release</filename> contains
data that is defined by the operating system vendor
and should not be changed by the administrator.</para>
<para>Depending on the operating system other
configuration files might be checked for OS
identification as well, however only as
fallback.</para>
</refsect1>
<refsect1>
<title>Options</title>
<para>The following OS identifications parameters may be set using
<filename>/etc/os-release</filename>:</para>
<variablelist>
<varlistentry>
<term><varname>NAME=</varname></term>
<listitem><para>A string identifying
the operating system, without a
version string, and not necessarily
suitable for presentation to the
user. If not set defaults to
<literal>Linux</literal>. Example:
<literal>NAME=Fedora</literal> or
<literal>NAME="Debian
GNU/Linux"</literal>.</para></listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
<term><varname>VERSION=</varname></term>
<listitem><para>A string identifying
the operating system version,
excluding any name information and
suitable for presentation to the
user. Example:
<literal>VERSION=15</literal> or
<literal>VERSION="15
(Rawhide)"</literal>.</para></listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
<term><varname>ID=</varname></term>
<listitem><para>A lower-case string
identifying the operating system,
excluding any version information and
suitable for processing by scripts. If
not set defaults to
<literal>linux</literal>. Example:
<literal>ID=fedora</literal>.</para></listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
<term><varname>VERSION_ID=</varname></term>
<listitem><para>A lower-case string
(mostly numeric) identifying the
operating system version, excluding
any name information and suitable for
processing by scripts. Example:
<literal>VERSION_ID=15</literal>.</para></listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
<term><varname>PRETTY_NAME=</varname></term>
<listitem><para>A pretty operating
system name in a format suitable for
presentation to the user. May or may
not contain an OS version of some
kind, as suitable. If not set defaults
to <literal>Linux</literal>. Example:
<literal>PRETTY_NAME=Fedora 15
(Rawhide)</literal>.</para></listitem>
</varlistentry>
<varlistentry>
<term><varname>ANSI_COLOR=</varname></term>
<listitem><para>A suggested
presentation color when showing the
distribution name on the console. This
should be specified as string suitable
for inclusion in the ESC [ m
ANSI/ECMA-48 escape code for setting
graphical rendition. Example:
<literal>ANSI_COLOR=0;31</literal> for
red, or
<literal>ANSI_COLOR=1;34</literal> for
light blue.</para></listitem>
</varlistentry>
</variablelist>
<para>If you interpreting this file from code or a
shell script, use the ID and VERSION_ID fields. When
looking for an OS indetification string for
presentation to the user use the PRETTY_STRING
field.</para>
</refsect1>
<refsect1>
<title>Example</title>
<programlisting>NAME=Fedora
VERSION=15 (Rawhide)
ID=fedora
VERSION_ID=15
PRETTY_NAME=Fedora 15 (Rawhide)
ANSI_COLOR=0;34</programlisting>
</refsect1>
<refsect1>
<title>See Also</title>
<para>
<citerefentry><refentrytitle>systemd</refentrytitle><manvolnum>1</manvolnum></citerefentry>,
<citerefentry><refentrytitle>lsb_release</refentrytitle><manvolnum>1</manvolnum></citerefentry>
</para>
</refsect1>
</refentry>
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