[thelist] determine if a server is running unix

Burhan Khalid thelist at meidomus.com
Sat Mar 19 02:38:54 CST 2005

Mark Groen wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Mar 2005 17:30:52 -0800, Roger H. <> wrote:
>>Is there a way to remotely tell if an intranet's server is running some form
>>of UNIX or not? I get a chance to work on an online database application, IF
>>they have MySQL/PHP running, or at least the potential.
> Go here for "What's that site running?..." top left corner:
> http://news.netcraft.com/

iirc, this uses the server signature to find out what the server is 
running.  In PHP, you can disable advertising PHP in the signature via a 
directive in php.ini[1].

There is no reliable way to find out if the server is running MySQL 
(other than to ask the server admin).

[1] http://www.php.net/manual/en/ini.core.php#ini.expose-php

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