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1. Name

date - print or set the system date and time

2. Synopsis

date [OPTION]... [+FORMAT]
date [-u|--utc|--universal] [MMDDhhmm[[CC]YY][.ss]]

3. Description

Display the current time in the given FORMAT, or set the system date.

-d, --date=STRING
display time described by STRING, not ‘now’
-f, --file=DATEFILE
like --date once for each line of DATEFILE
-r, --reference=FILE
display the last modification time of FILE
-R, --rfc-2822
output date and time in RFC 2822 format. Example: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 12:34:56 -0600
--rfc-3339=TIMESPEC
output date and time in RFC 3339 format. TIMESPEC=‘date’, ‘seconds’, or ‘ns’ for date and time to the indicated precision. Date and time components are separated by a single space: 2006-08-07 12:34:56-06:00
-s, --set=STRING
set time described by STRING
-u, --utc, --universal
print or set Coordinated Universal Time
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

FORMAT controls the output. The only valid option for the second form specifies Coordinated Universal Time. Interpreted sequences are:

%%
a literal %
%a
locale’s abbreviated weekday name (e.g., Sun)
%A
locale’s full weekday name (e.g., Sunday)
%b
locale’s abbreviated month name (e.g., Jan)
%B
locale’s full month name (e.g., January)
%c
locale’s date and time (e.g., Thu Mar 3 23:05:25 2005)
%C
century; like %Y, except omit last two digits (e.g., 21)
%d
day of month (e.g, 01)
%D
date; same as %m/%d/%y
%e
day of month, space padded; same as %_d
%F
full date; same as %Y-%m-%d
%g
last two digits of year of ISO week number (see %G)
%G
year of ISO week number (see %V); normally useful only with %V
%h
same as %b
%H
hour (00..23)
%I
hour (01..12)
%j
day of year (001..366)
%k
hour ( 0..23)
%l
hour ( 1..12)
%m
month (01..12)
%M
minute (00..59)
%n
a newline
%N
nanoseconds (000000000..999999999)
%p
locale’s equivalent of either AM or PM; blank if not known
%P
like %p, but lower case
%r
locale’s 12-hour clock time(e.g., 11:11:04 PM)
%R
24-hour hour and minute; same as %H:%M
%s
seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC
%S
second (00..60)
%t
a tab
%T
time; same as %H:%M:%S
%u
day of week (1..7); 1 is Monday
%U
week number of year, with Sunday asfirst day of week (00..53)
%V
ISO week number, with Monday as first day of week (01..53)
%w
day of week (0..6); 0 is Sunday
%W
week number of year, with Monday as first day of week (00..53)
%x
locale’s date representation (e.g., 12/31/99)
%X
locale’s time representation (e.g., 23:13:48)
%y
last two digits of year (00..99)
%Y
year
%z
+hhmm numeric timezone (e.g., -0400)
%:z
+hh:mm numeric timezone (e.g., -04:00)
%::z
+hh:mm:ss numeric time zone (e.g., -04:00:00)
%:::z
numeric time zone with : to necessary precision (e.g., -04, +05:30)
%Z
alphabetic time zone abbreviation (e.g., EDT)

By default, date pads numeric fields with zeroes. The following optional flags may follow ‘%’:

-
(hyphen) do not pad the field
_
(underscore) pad with spaces
  • (zero) pad with zeros
  • ^
    use upper case if possible
    #
    use opposite case if possible

    After any flags comes an optional field width, as a decimal number; then an optional modifier, which is either E to use the locale’s alternate representations if available, or O to use the locale’s alternate numeric symbols if available.

    4. Author

    Written by David MacKenzie.

    5. Reporting Bugs

    Report bugs to <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >. Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html >
    This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

    7. See Also

    The full documentation for date is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and date programs are properly installed at your site, the command
    info date

    should give you access to the complete manual.

     


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