How to find version of reallu old Debian machine?

Odd iodine at
Sat Mar 21 20:35:13 UTC 2009

Pastor JW wrote:
> On Saturday 21 March 2009 11:00:41 am Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> 2009/3/21 stan <stanb at>:
>>> I've got a really old version of Debian running on an internal amchine.
>>> As a matter offact the kerrnel was last compiled in 2003!
>>> I want to try to find a pacjage (.deb) to install on this machine, and I
>>> need to know the version of Debian on this machine to start googling.
>>> How do I determine this?
>> $ cat /etc/issue
> I thought it was $ cat /etc/debian_version but I don't really know as it has 
> been YEARS since I played with Debian!  

That's what I've been using. But "cat /etc/issue" shows more
info than just the version number.


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