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GNU Date?

From: Mike Kirgan
Subject: GNU Date?
Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 10:41:31 -0500

The help file of gdate listed your e-mail to report bugs.  This is not a
bug, but I wasn't sure who to contact.

I took over administration of a server and one of the users on that system
use gdate in his scripts.  I am settinng up a new server and I will have to
migrate everything to this new server.  The previous administrator did not
leave any src files for me to recompile gdate on my new server, so I am out
searching for this package. 

 I have looked through the GNU software at your site, but so far I have not
found this program.  Is it a seperate package or is it part of another
package?  The output of --help is listed below just in case you need that
to identify what program I am talking about.

Thaks for your help,


Mike Kirgan
Systems Administrator, OTR
University of Southern Mississippi
Email: address@hidden
Phone: (601) 266-6430

mangrove# gdate --help
Usage: gdate [OPTION]... [+FORMAT]
  or:  gdate [OPTION] [MMDDhhmm[[CC]YY][.ss]]
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-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.  Interpreted sequences are:

  %%   a literal %
  %a   locale's abbreviated weekday name (Sun..Sat)
  %A   locale's full weekday name, variable length (Sunday..Saturday)
  %b   locale's abbreviated month name (Jan..Dec)
  %B   locale's full month name, variable length (January..December)
  %c   locale's date and time (Sat Nov 04 12:02:33 EST 1989)
  %d   day of month (01..31)
  %D   date (mm/dd/yy)
  %e   day of month, blank padded ( 1..31)
  %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
  %p   locale's AM or PM
  %r   time, 12-hour (hh:mm:ss [AP]M)
  %s   seconds since 00:00:00, Jan 1, 1970 (a GNU extension)
  %S   second (00..61)
  %t   a horizontal tab
  %T   time, 24-hour (hh:mm:ss)
  %U   week number of year with Sunday as first day of week (00..53)
  %V   week number of year with Monday as first day of week (01..52)
  %w   day of week (0..6);  0 represents Sunday
  %W   week number of year with Monday as first day of week (00..53)
  %x   locale's date representation (mm/dd/yy)
  %X   locale's time representation (%H:%M:%S)
  %y   last two digits of year (00..99)
  %Y   year (1970...)
  %z   RFC-822 style numeric timezone (-0500) (a nonstandard 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

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