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Re: date bug

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: date bug
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 10:42:31 -0600
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Dr. Roger J. McNichols wrote:
> BUG in date command.
> Using:
> date (GNU sh-utils) 1.16

Oh my.  That is a very old version.  Not that it will change anything
with your particular comment but you should consider updating to a
newer version of the utilities.

  (coreutils is the union of fileutils, textutils, and sh-utils)


> Problem:
> There is no option to explicitly tell date the format of the 
> string supplied in the -d option.

True.  It is expecting a "News" style human readable format.

> Example:
> %  date -d `date +%s`
> date: invalid date `1065042571'

Try this instead.

  date -d "`date`"

If you are really trying to convert seconds to a date that can be
parsed by date then the example from the info page works.

     To convert such an unwieldy number of seconds back to a more
     readable form, use a command like this:

          date -d '1970-01-01 946684800 sec' +"%Y-%m-%d %T %z"
          2000-01-01 00:00:00 +0000


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