Bug#559761: ITP: release -- provides information about the current releases

Paul Smith paul at mad-scientist.us
Wed Dec 9 15:22:02 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-12-07 at 00:14 +0100, Benjamin Drung wrote:
> Package: wnpp
> Severity: wishlist
> Owner: Benjamin Drung <bdrung at ubuntu.com>
> * Package name    : release
>   Version         : 0.1 (native)
>   Upstream Author : Benjamin Drung <bdrung at ubuntu.com>
> * License         : GPL v3+
>   Programming Lang: Python
>   Description     : provides information about the current releases
>  This package contains information about all releases of Debian and
> Ubuntu. The
>  release script will give you the codename for e.g. the latest stable
> release of
>  your distribution. To get information about a specific distribution
> there are
>  the debian-release and the ubuntu-release scripts.

I wonder what the difference is between this and the existing, standard
lsb_release command.

I'm not saying we shouldn't create a new package, if lsb_release is not
sufficient for some reason.  I'm just not sure what the reason is.  Can
someone write up a few sentences about what this package does that makes
it necessary, instead of using lsb_release?


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