I realized recently that my main Chakra installation is going to be 5 years old in a month!
So I was wondering, how old or young are fellow users’ installations? Do you manage to maintain the same system over a period of time without needing to reinstall? Does anyone have an older Chakra system than me?
The best way I could find to check for how long I have been running a system is in the details of the installation.log file.
$ ls -l /var/log/installation.log
In my case, the output is
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 81111 29.10.2012 00:36 /var/log/installation.log
Have in mind that if you installed using the Ian ISO, this file might be missing due to a known bug. But since Ian came out in 2016.02, and Goedel in 2017.03, you know your system was installed somewhere in between.
An alternative way is to use (thanks @James_Che)
$ ls -lct /etc | tail -1
To get back to my system, this installation has served me very well over the years and it’s been my daily driver ever since I bought my laptop. I have really put it through many tests. I keep installing and removing all sorts of applications and libraries to check for problems. I even break it on purpose to help users troubleshoot or our developers to tackle an issue. And of course it has survived all the manual interventions over these years. It will be sad having to delete this one once I decide to upgrade to an SSD drive, which should be sometime soon…
I think if you maintain your system in a good state and carefully follow the instructions provided by our developers when needed, having a system that works well for you over several years is not that difficult.