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I recently started a new job, and was told that I need to log on (Via shell) to a particular unix system. I'm trying to figure out a few peculiarities with the system, but first I need to know what version of unix it is running. I could go and find a system admin, but that's a bit of a pain, as I don't actually know who maintains the system. How can I figure out using a shell (ksh) what version of unix I am actually using?

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To find the unix system type, host name, kernel version, etc execute this command:

uname -a
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  • That did the trick! SunOS, no wonder I was finding stuff to be odd... – PearsonArtPhoto Aug 8 '12 at 13:08
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    It's probably actually Solaris, but I'd rather not get into Sun's confusing versioning and naming scheme. – jsbillings Aug 9 '12 at 14:38

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