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From: psmyers
Subject: "Date"
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 00:30:00 -0600

I realize this could be extremely outdated, but so was my system time, and
when I tried to correct it ... I had to revert to trial and error to make
it work.

The help and man pages for the shell command "date" on my Linux server
(krenal 2.2.14) were incorrect.

kremlin:~$ date --help
Usage: date [OPTION]... [+FORMAT]
  or:  date [OPTION] [MMDDhhmm[[CC]YY][.ss]]

  -s, --set=STRING         set time described by STRING

Using the command "date -s 010200122002.30" gave me the error "invalid
date". Through trial and error I came up with the following two commands to
get done what I needed done.

date -s 020102
date -s 00:12:30

The first setting year, month day
The second setting hour:minue:second

Also, the example date shown in the help file was of the year 1989 ... I
assume that would be when the help was written. Perhaps it's time for an

Paul Smyers
System Administrator
Stone & Ward
(501) 375-3003

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