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LLE10087 : Howto show the time and date under linux and eventually format it as you wish

Symptom:

You need to reformat the time for some bash scripting

Cause:

none

Solution:

To show the date and time you can use the date command.

date
Wed Jun 18 22:30:10 CEST 2008

 This is nice but sometimes you just want the date or time in another format. In this case you can use the date command with a format string.

This just shows the year:

date +'%Y'
2008

Here we get the year and the month and place a dot in between.

date +'%Y.%m'
2008.06

Here we  use everything:

date +'This is the date: %Y.%m.%d and now the time: %H:%M:%S'

This is the date: 2008.06.18 and now the time: 22:34:08

As you see you have plenty of flexibility. 

 

 


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