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Re: `date` and timestamp format

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: `date` and timestamp format
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2005 08:26:50 -0600
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.9i

Super Pik Master wrote:
> I've been trying to print a timestamp format (I mean seconds from 1 Jan 
> 1970) with `date` program from coreutils package.
> There is an option -d but it does not take the numerical timestamp as an 
> input.
> Is there a chance to enhance the functionality by allowing the above? Or 
> add an option like -t to read timestamp and then print it in one of 
> allowed formats. It would be very convenient.

Look at the info documentation under "Examples of date" in the "date
invocation" section of the manual.

  date +%s

  date --date 'Sun, 02 Oct 2005 08:25:13 -0600' +%s

To convert that number back to human readable time use

  date -R -d '1970-01-01 UTC 1128263113 seconds'
  Sun, 02 Oct 2005 08:25:13 -0600


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