With the lsb_release command, you can obtain information specific to your Linux distribution. The lsb_relase command is one of the commands you can use about your system. This command is part of a package called lsb-core. If you cannot get any output when you give the lsb_release command, you can install the necessary packages with the sudo apt install lsb-core command.
First, let’s view the help information and see the options. If you issue the lsb_release command with no options, the -v option is used by default.
root@omer:~# lsb_release --help Usage: lsb_release [options] Options: -h, --help show this help message and exit -v, --version show LSB modules this system supports -i, --id show distributor ID -d, --description show description of this distribution -r, --release show release number of this distribution -c, --codename show code name of this distribution -a, --all show all of the above information -s, --short show requested information in short format
Lists additional LSB modules installed on your system that the distribution you are using supports. “No LSB modules are available.” If you get the result, you can see the LSB modules you can install by issuing the command sudo apt install lsb-core.
ot@omer:~# lsb_release -v No LSB modules are available.
Displays the ID credential of the authority providing the Linux distribution.
root@omer:~# lsb_release -i Distributor ID: Kali
With this command, you can view the description of the distribution you are using.
root@omer:~# lsb_release -d Description: Kali GNU/Linux Rolling
With this command, you can view the version number of the distribution you are using.
root@omer:~# lsb_release -r Release: 2019.4
With this command, you can view the code name of the distribution you are using.
root@omer:~# lsb_release -c Codename: kali-rolling
This command displays all of the options described above at once.
root@omer:~# lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Kali Description: Kali GNU/Linux Rolling Release: 2019.4 Codename: kali-rolling
The -as an option is an auxiliary option. It means short information. It serves to display only the information itself without the title name on the left side of the information to be displayed. It can be very useful in bash programming.
root@omer:~# lsb_release -as No LSB modules are available. Kali Kali GNU/Linux Rolling 2019.4 kali-rolling