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date



SYNOPSIS

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


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

       -ITIMESPEC, --iso-8601[=TIMESPEC]
              output  date/time  in  ISO  8601   format.    TIME­
              SPEC=`date'  for  date only, `hours', `minutes', or
              `seconds' for date and time to the indicated preci­
              sion.   --iso-8601  without  TIMESPEC  defaults  to
              `date'.

       -r, --reference=FILE
              display the last modification time of FILE

       -R, --rfc-822
              output RFC-822 compliant date string

       -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.  Inter­
       preted sequences are:

       %%     a literal %

       %a     locale's abbreviated weekday name (Sun..Sat)

       %A     locale's full weekday name, variable  length  (Sun­
              day..Saturday)

       %b     locale's abbreviated month name (Jan..Dec)

       %B     locale's  full  month  name,  variable length (Jan­
       %F     same as %Y-%m-%d

       %g     the 2-digit year corresponding to the %V week  num­
              ber

       %G     the  4-digit year corresponding to the %V week num­
              ber

       %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 upper case AM or PM  indicator  (blank  in
              many locales)

       %P     locale's  lower  case  am or pm indicator (blank in
              many locales)

       %r     time, 12-hour (hh:mm:ss [AP]M)

       %R     time, 24-hour (hh:mm)

       %s     seconds since  `00:00:00  1970-01-01  UTC'  (a  GNU
              extension)

       %S     second (00..60); the 60 is necessary to accommodate
              a leap second

       %t     a horizontal tab

       %T     time, 24-hour (hh:mm:ss)

       %u     day of week (1..7);  1 represents Monday

       %U     week number of year with Sunday  as  first  day  of
              week (00..53)

       %Y     year (1970...)

       %z     RFC-822  style numeric timezone (-0500) (a nonstan­
              dard extension)

       %Z     time zone (e.g., EDT), or nothing if no  time  zone
              is determinable

       By  default,  date  pads  numeric fields with zeroes.  GNU
       date recognizes the following modifiers between `%' and  a
       numeric directive.

              `-'  (hyphen) do not pad the field `_' (underscore)
              pad the field with spaces


AUTHOR

       Written by David MacKenzie.


REPORTING BUGS

       Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.


COPYRIGHT

       Copyright © 2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for  copying  condi­
       tions.  There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY
       or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


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.

date (coreutils) 5.0        March 2003                    DATE(1)
  
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