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Old 21st August 2005, 11:15 PM
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When was a system built

Hey all,

How can you work out when the build date of a system was without having it written down on a post-stick note somewhere?

Thanks,
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Old 21st August 2005, 11:23 PM
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I don't know an official way, but on the assumption there is at least *one* file on the system which hasn't changed since install, I tried "ls -lct /etc" and got a handful of files dated Dec 11 2004, which is about right I think.
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Old 21st August 2005, 11:30 PM
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thats great thanks... that works out about right for me. I cross referenced my system which i roughly know the date i built it and it works out about right. Now i can use it where i dont know when it was built.

If anyone knows of a official way that would be great but thanks fsck for that way... will be a great help
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Old 22nd August 2005, 03:33 AM
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RPMs do have an install date. So
Code:
rpm -qi fedora-release
should say the date Fedora was installed/upgraded.
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Old 22nd August 2005, 06:01 AM
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mmm, be careful, using ls, I can find files that are timestamped before I built the box. Assumedly, the timestamps are from when that file was last updated, which could have been in the fc4 dev stage.
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Old 22nd August 2005, 10:09 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jman
RPMs do have an install date. So
Code:
rpm -qi fedora-release
should say the date Fedora was installed/upgraded.
Thats the one...

Quote:
Install Date: Wed 06 Jul 2005 22:43:43 BST
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Old 22nd August 2005, 10:11 AM
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hmmmm...

Quote:
Fedora Core 3
Build Date: Mon 01 Nov 2004 18:56:15 GMT
Install Date: Sat 01 Jan 2000 20:02:17 GMT
Maybe i should have set the clock...
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