I'm trying to find when I installed elementary Os on my laptop I've tried:

stat / | grep "Birth" | sed 's/Birth: //g' | cut -b 2-11

but only a - appears no mistake messages, just the -

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How about you try stat --printf="%w" / | cut -b 1-10 ?

I'm thinking it might be a case where the birth time field is not always available and may not be displayed for all files. In this case, the stat command will output a dash (-) instead of the birth time.

  • same result with "stat --printf="%w" / | cut -b 1-10", the only output is a dash (-) Commented Jan 5, 2023 at 18:23

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