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uptimed is a daemon that keeps track of a system's 'uptime' (how long a system has running between a reboot). It can be used to provide the statistical information necessary to boast about how long a system as gone between reboots. Huge nerds love this.


USE flags

USE flags for app-misc/uptimed System uptime record daemon that keeps track of your highest uptimes


root #emerge --ask app-misc/uptimed



  • /etc/uptimed.conf - The global configuration file for uptimed.



With OpenRC the uptimed daemon can be added to the default system runlevel with the following command:

root #rc-update add uptimed default

This will add the uptimed daemon to start as a service whenever the system performs a full boot.

To start using uptimed now:

root #service uptimed start


When using systemd, issue the following command to start uptimed on the next boot:

root #systemctl enable uptimed

To start using uptimed now:

root #systemctl start uptimed



user $uprecords -?
usage: uprecords [OPTION]...

  -?             this help
  -a             do not print ansi codes
  -b             sort by boottime
  -B             reverse sort by boottime
  -k             sort by sysinfo
  -K             reverse sort by sysinfo
  -d             print downtime seen before every uptimes instead of system
  -c             do not show current entry if not in top entries
  -f             run continously in a loop
  -s             do not print extra statistics
  -w             wide output (more than 80 cols per line)
  -i INTERVAL    use INTERVAL seconds for loop instead of 5, implies -f
  -m COUNT       show a maximum of top COUNT entries instead of 10
  -M             show next milestone
  -v             version information

The uprecords command will print a table with system uptime information:

user $uprecords



root #emerge --ask --unmerge app-misc/uptimed

See also

  • uptime - A command that displays the amount of time the system has been running.

External resources

https://archives.gentoo.org/gentoo-user/message/b6e85a7d66178464ec2188592bb3b2fe - A Gentoo mailing list thread where uptimed was handy.