Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

A .deb package I am releasing expects that it can call lsb_release. One customer using Debian 6.0.5 indicated that the lsb_release command (even in the terminal) produces a command not found error. Is this standard or is there something wrong with his Debian build?

share|improve this question

There is an lsb-release package that supplies the lsb_release command. This is separate from the lsb, lsb-base, and lsb-core packages. None of the lsb packages are essential. So if your package needs lsb_release it should specify that it depends on lsb-release.

share|improve this answer
Take care on proper naming: the package name lsb-release has a dash, but the lsb_release command has an underscore. – Doka Dec 30 '13 at 12:39

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.