# Existence of solution of a modular system of linear equations

I want to know if a given system of linear integer equations has an integer solution. I know it is the case if and only if it has a solution modulo $n$ for all integer $n$. What I do not know is when such a system admits a solution modulo a generic $n$.

For example, a single linear equation $\sum a_i X_i = b$ has got a solution modulo $n$ if and only if the greatest common divisor of its coefficients $a_i$ and n divides $b$. Can something similar be said about a system? I'd be satisfied with any answer. For instance just some link or refference to look up would be enough. Thanks.

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What do you mean by "generic"? – Qiaochu Yuan Apr 11 '12 at 17:47
I mean any $n$. Since my system will have integer solution if and only if it has a solution modulo $n$ for every integer, I'd like to have a criterion for deciding when the second condition is true. – Garreta Apr 11 '12 at 19:51

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