mcclnx mcc mcclnx at yahoo.com.tw
Wed Oct 1 14:47:14 UTC 2008

Yes.  it will work on some softwares.  I have been use this way several times and successfully "cheating" ORACLE DB installation and DELL OPMN installation.  

But it failed to "cheating" on "Veritas Netbackup" installation. 

--- 08/10/1 (星期三),Sorin at Gmail <sorin.srbu at gmail.com> 寫道:
寄件者: Sorin at Gmail <sorin.srbu at gmail.com>
主旨: [CentOS] Faking RHEL with CentOS
收件者: "'CentOS mailing list'" <centos at centos.org>
日期: 2008 10 1 星期三 上午 9:53

Hi all,

I'm looking to test out a solution with CentOS instead of our venerable
RHEL3-servers. Some of the software we use and need, requires for it to run on
RHEL. Figuring that CentOS is binary compatible with RHEL this should work
anyway. I also found out using Google that many programs look in
/etc/redhat-release file to check that the right OS is there.

After checking the contents on a CentOS machine I have available, as well as
one running RHEL3 and 4, my guess would be that adding the "correct"
text in
the redhat-release file on CentOS would enable picky software requiring RHEL
to run in CentOS instead.

>From CentOS /etc/redhat-release:
CentOS release 5.2 (Final)

>From RHEL3 /etc/redhat-release:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS release 3 (Taroon Update 9)

>From RHEL4 /etc/redhat-release:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS release 4 (Nahant Update 7)

Has anybody maybe actually done this already and can tell if it'd work?

What other places may a software look into to check the computer runs the
correct OS?

Ideas and comments are welcome! TIA.
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