Reliable way to determine native packaging system

Carroll Grigsby cgrigs986 at
Fri Mar 15 20:37:56 UTC 2013

On Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:07:21 +0100
Theodore Papadopoulo <Theodore.Papadopoulo at> wrote:

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> 	I'm trying to find a standard way of finding the native
> packaging system of a linux distribution. I'm not sure at all that
> testing the presence of {rpm/yum}|{apt-get} is reliable as for
> example I can install apt-get of my fedora computer.
> So the question is, is there a simple test that can reliably determine
> whether a linux machine is rpm or debian based for its native package
> scheme ?
> 	Thank's in advance,
> 	Theo.

Have you looked at the Distrowatch site? They do list the package
management system for each distribution that they track, but I'm not
certain if the D/W database recognizes package management as a
searchable property.

-- cmg

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