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FS#63028 - Steam : incorrect distribution name reporting due to missing lsb-release

Attached to Project: Community Packages
Opened by Robin Lange (Askannz) - Friday, 28 June 2019, 09:22 GMT
Last edited by Levente Polyak (anthraxx) - Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 21:48 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Multilib
Status Closed
Assigned To Levente Polyak (anthraxx)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 1
Private No



Steam needs the lsb-release package to be installed in order to detect the distribution name correctly in its "System Information" report. If this package is not installed, Steam will report a generic "Linux (64-bit)" name.

Since lsb-release is not installed by default, a lot of Arch users unknowingly have this issue and it is causing headaches for databases which rely on the system info provided by Steam, like or the Steam website itself : if you go to, you'll see that the second most popular distro is the generic "Linux (64-bit)" (although there may also be some snap/flatpak shenanigans going on here).

Suggestion : make lsb-release a dependency of the steam package.

Steps to reproduce:
Uninstall lsb-release, open Steam, got to Help->System Information, scroll down to "Operating System Version".
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Closed by  Levente Polyak (anthraxx)
Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 21:48 GMT
Reason for closing:  Implemented
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