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Find Exact Installation Date And Time Of Your Linux OS

If you use Arch Linux and its derivatives like Antergos or Manjaro Linux, you can easily find how long have you been without a reinstall by analyzing the pacman logs as shown below.

head -n1 /var/log/pacman.log

On Fedora, RHEL and its clones such as CentOS, Scientific Linux, Oracle Linux, you can find it using the following command:

sudo rpm -qi basesystem

Sample output from my CentOS 7 server:

Name : basesystem
Version : 10.0
Release : 7.el7.centos
Architecture: noarch
Install Date: Mon 06 Aug 2018 02:54:17 PM PDT
Group : System Environment/Base
Size : 0
License : Public Domain
Signature : RSA/SHA256, Fri 04 Jul 2014 06:16:57 AM IST, Key ID 24c6a8a7f4a80eb5
Source RPM : basesystem-10.0-7.el7.centos.src.rpm
Build Date : Fri 27 Jun 2014 04:07:10 PM IST
Build Host : worker1.bsys.centos.org
Relocations : (not relocatable)
Packager : CentOS BuildSystem http://bugs.centos.org
Vendor : CentOS
Summary : The skeleton package which defines a simple CentOS Linux system
Description :
Basesystem defines the components of a basic CentOS Linux
system (for example, the package installation order to use during
bootstrapping). Basesystem should be in every installation of a system,
and it should never be removed.

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