I would like to know how to get the long Ubuntu based version in Elementary OS

Output of lsb_release -a -u:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Release:    14.04
Codename:   trusty

And lsb_release -a :

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: elementary OS
Description:    elementary OS Freya
Release:    0.3.2
Codename:   freya

As you can see none of the commands have the long Ubuntu version (like 14.04.3)

  • sorry, what do you mean " long Ubuntu version " ? apart from 14.04
    – Ravan
    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:49
  • @Ravan I mean like 14.04.3
    – Suici Doga
    Jan 14, 2016 at 3:10
  • what is -u option? I haven't know that. can you please let me know where can I find its description.
    – Ravan
    Jan 14, 2016 at 6:35
  • -u = Upstream
    – Suici Doga
    Jan 14, 2016 at 7:39
  • I can think of a way for you to see the "long" version, but it helps if you tell where are you going to use this info. Just curiosity or are you creating some kind of script that needs to know the version? Jan 14, 2016 at 20:56

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I found that running uname -v outputs the long Ubuntu based version. Here's the output of it : 49~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Dec 31 15:44:49 UTC 2015

  • This is not the case anymore (at least in Loki). uname -v prints #57-Ubuntu SMP Tue Sep 6 15:42:33 UTC 2016.
    – Daniel Le
    Oct 9, 2016 at 4:42
  • @DanielLe Yes , it seems not work work on my laptop running Loki (it did in Freya)
    – Suici Doga
    Oct 9, 2016 at 6:58

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