Date

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date is a command to show or set the current system date and time.

Examples:

  • show the date
date
Fri Apr 17 13:21:55 EDT 2009
  • in a format sensible for sorting:
date --rfc-3339=date
2014-08-05
date --rfc-3339=seconds
2014-08-05 10:06:54+02:00
date +%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S
2016-01-19_18-30-26
  • set the date; in this example to april-20, 2009
sudo date -s 20090420
  • set the date and time
sudo date -s "2012-10-19 10:20:59"

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