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Thursday, 05 June 2008

On the date(1) command and seconds since 1970

Russell Coker wrote something about converting between timestamps since the epoch and human-readable dates.

I haven't fully parsed his post because I'm still half asleep, but I feel the need to point out the @ operator that I discovered last year in newer versions of GNU coreutils.

apollock@icarus:~$ date +%s
apollock@icarus:~$ date -d @$(date +%s)
Thu Jun  5 06:31:50 PDT 2008

It seems a bit shorter than what Russell was using, and presumably does the same thing.

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