Linux Distribution - a Linux OS platform information API
ld (for: Linux Distribution) package provides information about the
Linux distribution it runs on, such as a reliable machine-readable ID, or
It is a renewed alternative implementation for Python’s
platform.linux_distribution function, but it also provides much more
An alternative implementation became necessary because Python 3.5 deprecated
this function, and Python 3.7 is expected to remove it altogether.
Its predecessor function
platform.dist was already deprecated since
Python 2.6 and is also expected to be removed in Python 3.7.
Still, there are many cases in which access to that information is needed.
See [Python issue 1322](https://bugs.python.org/issue1322) for more
ld package implements a robust and inclusive way of retrieving the
information about a Linux distribution based on new standards and old methods,
namely from these data sources (from high to low precedence):
- The os-release file
/etc/os-release, if present.
- The output of the
lsb_releasecommand, if available.
- The distro release file (
/etc/*(-|_)(release|version)), if present.
`shell pip install ld `
`shell pip install https://github.com/nir0s/ld/archive/master.tar.gz `
## Python and Distribution Support
ld package is supported on Python 2.6, 2.7, 3.4 and 3.5, and on
any Linux distribution that provides one or more of the data sources
used by this package.
This package is currently tested on Python 2.6, 2.7 and 3.5, with test data that mimics the exact behavior of the data sources of the following Linux distributions:
- Arch Linux
- CentOS 5/7
- Debian 8
- Fedora 19/23
- KVM for IBM z Systems 1
- Mageia 5
- openSUSE Leap 42
- Oracle Linux Server 7
- RHEL 6/7
- Slackware 14
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
- Ubuntu 14
` python >>> import ld >>> ld.linux_distribution(full_distribution_name=False) '('centos', '7.1.1503', 'Core')' `
Several more functions are available. For a complete description of the API, see the [latest API documentation](http://ld.readthedocs.org/en/latest/).