When was your OS installed?

ls -lct /etc | tail -1 | awk '{print $6, $7}'
Show time and date when you installed your OS.
Sample Output
$ ls -lct /etc | tail -1 | awk '{print $6, $7}'
2009-08-25 13:25

By: MrMerry
2009-09-03 10:26:37

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What Others Think

better to print out '$8' also. It lists the year of installation (or, if a new installation, the time).
verboEse · 606 weeks and 6 days ago
so this is cause the files in /etc and /bin /sbin are not usually modified after the first install. Is there a generic command for all disrtos cause i use rpm -qi basesystem on rpm based systems to get the install date cause the basesystem is the first package to be installed
rmenn · 606 weeks and 5 days ago
yeah, this is supposed to work on all systems, since they all contain something like a Linux Standard Base /etc/lsb-* file or dir in /etc which isn't modified after install. In fedora's case you also have /etc/system-release
MrMerry · 606 weeks and 5 days ago
another way on a dpkg-based (debian/ubuntu) system is to look at the timestamps on the files in /var/lib/dpkg/info/ - they gives the times of each packaging system action.
bwoodacre · 606 weeks and 5 days ago
mmmmm, macbook-2:~ rick$ ls -lct /etc/ | tail -1 | awk '{print $6, $7, $8}' 8 Jun 07:39 macbook-2:~ rick$ macbook-2:~ rick$ ls -lct /etc | tail -1 | awk '{print $6, $7}' 15 Aug 15 Aug wins for Snow Leopard
gikku · 606 weeks and 3 days ago
Better to check /lost+found as it's generally less likely to have been recreated since installation...
realist · 606 weeks and 1 day ago

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