Redhat versions: what am I running?

If you manage multiple RedHat servers, or if you just stumble on a Linux server, and you have no idea what kind of machine it is, nor what the version of the OS is, try the following commands:

# more /proc/version
Linux version 2.4.20-24.9 (
(gcc version 3.2.2 20030222 (Red Hat Linux 3.2.2-5)) #1
Mon Dec 1 11:35:51 EST 2003
# more /proc/cpuinfo
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
model name : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.00GHz
cpu MHz : 1992.653
cache size : 512 KB
bogomips : 3971.48
# more /proc/meminfo
MemTotal: 1030872 kB
# cat /etc/redhat-release (only for RedHat distributions)
Red Hat Linux release 9 (Shrike)

So now you know: a 2GHz Pentium 4 with 1GB of memory, running RedHat 9 ‘Shrike’.
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1 thought on “Redhat versions: what am I running?”

  1. Cheers matey – had several RH boxes and wasn’t sure of the version – ‘cat /etc/redhat-release’ hit the spot!

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