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Thu, 7 Mar 2002 21:27:13 -0700
> is it possible with date to set the time it shall display with the number
> of seconds, one gets from the output of:
> ' %s seconds since 00:00:00, Jan 1, 1970 (a GNU extension)'
Yes it is possible. This is documented in the manual. Here is the
To convert such an unwieldy number of seconds back to a more
readable form, use a command like this:
# local time zone used
date -d '1970-01-01 UTC 946684800 seconds' +"%Y-%m-%d %T %z"
1999-12-31 19:00:00 -0500
> If not I would suggest to implement this possibility, because it could be
> quite practical for use in shell sctips.
> The reason is as follows: In one of my scripts I use 'date +%s' as time
> step as part of a identification number and I would later be able to
> display the date of the identification again.
> As far as I see, date does not accept the single number, so one could use
> this free function like:
> date 1006589268
> with best regards
- date, Jens Röder, 2002/03/07