Date of a FreeBSD installation
carlj at peak.org
Fri Jan 14 04:59:14 UTC 2011
Chip Camden <sterling at camdensoftware.com> writes:
> Quoth Carl Johnson on Thursday, 13 January 2011:
>> Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de> writes:
>> > On Thu, 13 Jan 2011 13:50:27 -0800, Chuck Swiger <cswiger at mac.com> wrote:
>> >> On Jan 13, 2011, at 1:46 PM, Devin Teske wrote:
>> >> > This is nearly always accurate on any FreeBSD system (when wanting to
>> >> > query the date the machine was built):
>> >> >
>> >> > ls -l /etc/defaults/rc.conf
>> >> I gather that you don't ever run mergemaster, which would update this file?
>> >> My machine installed in 2001 has a Dec 2010 date for that file:
>> >> -r--r--r-- 1 root wheel 36037 Dec 1 14:13 /etc/defaults/rc.conf
>> > Exactly that was my thought. Maybe a file that is NOT subject
>> > to one of the system upgrade procedures would be better? Maybe
>> > something in /boot?
>> > % ls -l /etc/defaults/rc.conf
>> > -r--r--r-- 1 root wheel 34300 Aug 24 2008 /etc/defaults/rc.conf
>> > % ls -l /boot/defaults/loader.conf
>> > -r--r--r-- 1 root wheel 19426 Aug 24 2008 /boot/defaults/loader.conf
>> > No, forget about that, also nonsense, looks to new...
>> How about /var/empty:
>> % ls -ldo /var/empty/
>> dr-xr-xr-x 2 root wheel schg 512 Jul 18 19:16 /var/empty/
>> It can be changed, but doesn't look likely.
> On my system, it gives a date several months in advance of my install
> date (Nov 21 2009).
Oops, you're right. I just checked and it is a few days before I
actually installed mine, so that is probably when the ISO was built.
Carl Johnson carlj at peak.org
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