How old is your install and whose got the "oldest" Manjaro out there? (2019)

I thought it would be kind of interesting to find out how old is your current Manjaro install?!? Not whose been using it the longest, but whose been using their current setup the longest. Theoretically it's rolling release, so we should never need to re-install, so who out there is actually utilizing that and taking advantage of it?!?

head /var/log/pacman.log

I'm just a baby: September 2, 2019 on my current install.

derek@derek-7548 ~]$ head /var/log/pacman.log
[2019-09-02 03:03] [PACMAN] Running 'pacman --noconfirm --cachedir /var/cache/pacman/pkg --config /opt/pacman-mhwd.conf --root / --needed -Sy xf86-video-ati xf86-video-amdgpu xf86-video-intel xf86-video-nouveau vulkan-intel vulkan-radeon libva-mesa-driver libva-vdpau-driver mesa-vdpau lib32-vulkan-intel lib32-vulkan-radeon lib32-libva-vdpau-driver lib32-mesa-vdpau'
[2019-09-02 03:03] [PACMAN] synchronizing package lists
[2019-09-02 03:03] [ALPM] transaction started
[2019-09-02 03:03] [ALPM] installed xf86-video-ati (1:19.0.0-2)
[2019-09-02 03:03] [ALPM] installed xf86-video-amdgpu (19.0.0-1)
[2019-09-02 03:03] [ALPM] installed libxvmc (1.0.10-2)
[2019-09-02 03:03] [ALPM] installed xf86-video-intel (1:2.99.917+860+g3a2dec17-1)
[2019-09-02 03:03] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] >>> This driver now uses DRI3 as the default Direct Rendering
[2019-09-02 03:03] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET]     Infrastructure. You can try falling back to DRI2 if you run
[2019-09-02 03:03] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET]     into trouble. To do so, save a file with the following 

I'm sure you can do better than that. . . post it up!! I know someone out there must have a few years?!

EDIT: Thanks to mparillo - you can also use this for an even more simple Born On Date.

$ stat / | grep Birth

$ head /run/media/martin/ManjaroRoot/var/log/pacman.log
[2015-10-02 08:51] [ALPM] transaction started

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Just passed 4 years, that's pretty damn impressive I think. That's awesome!

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No biggie Manjaro keep self updating so fix the self inflicted (pebck) stuff and...


Current install is from [2018-05-10 22:41].
I tend to do a reinstall once a year or so, not because I need to but because I like to take a look at the new defaults, and it removes old unused configs (I see it like spring cleaning).

Nice music choice @kmartin


5 days.

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I think i win, 1 day :confetti_ball:


[2017-10-05 19:34] but that's only because I had to replace my HP (R.I.P.) by the Thinkpad I'm using now. Otherwise it would be something around 2015 if my meat-memory is not failing me.

There is already a topic about that, but with a different method to determine the age of the install. I don't think that all installs exist anymore though.

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That discussion is much older, and longer, but I like that the OP did not require sudo. Here is another way that does not require sudo:

$ stat / | grep Birth
 Birth: 2019-09-28 17:00:12.000000000 -0400

That is when my stable laptop got an SSD.

My testing laptop is almost exactly a year older:

$ stat / | grep Birth
 Birth: 2018-09-19 13:14:47.000000000 -0400
[michael@manjaro ~]$ stat / | grep Birth
 Birth: 2016-08-10 00:36:57.000000000 +0200
[michael@manjaro ~]$

And they say a rolling distro is unstable.. Paaah, what do they know.. :laughing:


In all of my years of Ubuntu/Deb/Windows based stuff, nothing has felt easier, more intuitive and more stable than coming to Manjaro. I was actually talking to my wife yesterday about it yesterday. I'm so thankful I found my way to Manjaro.

Also. I LOVE the rolling release. I'm too impatient to wait for snapshot updates. I'm always so excited to get the updates every couple weeks. I want things now.

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My desktop workstation's installation is from mid-2016.
Just as quick and stable as on the first day.

Note that this might not work on non en_US locales, may I suggest instead
$ LANG=C stat / | grep Birth


How to get a year to this command ?

ls -alct /|tail -1|awk '{print $6, $7, $8}'
Nov 5 18:44

Add a time style, e.g.:
ls -alct --time-style=long-iso | tail -1 | awk '{print $6, $7}'

Thank you

A month :laughing:

my oldest install matches my forum membership length, so a couple of days over 2 years. I installed a few hours before signing up here, having been signposted to the forum via the IRC channel which I have to admit I have not used since.

$ stat / | grep Birth

Birth: 2015-06-17 19:25:02.000000000 +0300

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