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DATE(1)                          User Commands                         DATE(1)

       date - print or set the system date and time

       date [OPTION]... [+FORMAT]
       date [-u|--utc|--universal] [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

       -ITIMESPEC, --iso-8601[=TIMESPEC]
              output date/time in ISO 8601 format.  TIMESPEC=`date' for date
              only, `hours', `minutes', or `seconds' for date and time to the
              indicated precision.  --iso-8601 without TIMESPEC defaults to

       -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

              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)

       %C     century (year divided by 100 and truncated to an integer)

       %d     day of month (01..31)

       %D     date (mm/dd/yy)

       %e     day of month, blank padded ( 1..31)

       %F     same as %Y-%m-%d

       %g     the 2-digit year corresponding to the %V week number

       %G     the 4-digit year corresponding to the %V week number

       %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

       %N     nanoseconds (000000000..999999999)

       %p     locale's upper case AM or PM indicator (blank in many locales)

       %P     locale's lower case am or pm indicator (blank in many locales)

       %r     time, 12-hour (hh:mm:ss [AP]M)

       %R     time, 24-hour (hh:mm)

       %s     seconds since `00:00:00 1970-01-01 UTC' (a GNU extension)

       %S     second (00..60); the 60 is necessary to accommodate a leap

       %t     a horizontal tab

       %T     time, 24-hour (hh:mm:ss)

       %u     day of week (1..7);  1 represents Monday

       %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..53)

       %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

       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

       TZ     Specifies the timezone, unless overridden by command line
              parameters.  If neither is specified, the setting from
              /etc/localtime is used.

       Written by David MacKenzie.

       Report bugs to <>.

       Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR

       The full documentation for date is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
       the info and date programs are properly installed at your site, the

              info date

       should give you access to the complete manual.

date (coreutils) 4.5.3           October 2002                          DATE(1)


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