Is there a background program for Fedora/Linux that keeps track of (important) events (like startup and shutdown time)?
Also interested in GUI tools.
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Fedora keeps boot logs in /var/log. Each boot event file is appended with the date in the format -yyyymmdd. This gives you the date of a boot event.
You can find the time this file was created, thus the time of the boot event if the file has not been edited.
Use the 'stat' command like this:
# stat /var/log/boot.log-20120614
Replace the 8 digit date on the end of the file name with one that corresponds to a log on your system.
I hope this helps.
This also works in Ubuntu, but only the most recent boot information is saved, and the file is simply /var/log/boot.log