Command “date” is used to display the date of the system.
To see the current date type the command “ date” on the terminal as shown in below
$ date [ press enter on terminal]
Friday Jan 19 12:15:44 IST 2018
The above command will display current day, date, month, year and time as shown above.
date command can also be used with format specified .
Each format is preceded by + symbol and followed by % operator and format described as a single character.
We want to see only current month use format +%m. as shown below.
$ date +%m [ press enter]
output is month 01
We want to see only currant month name use format +%h. as show below.
$ date +%h [ press enter]
output is month January
We can also combine both command as:
$ date +”%m %h” [ press enter]
output is month 01 is January
Other options of date command
|1||d||option used for display date of the month (1 to 31).|
|2||y||option used for display last two digits of current year.|
|3||H||option used for display hour|
|4||M||option used for display minute|
|5||S||option used for display second|
|6||D||option used for display date in the format mm/dd/yy|
|7||T||option used for display the time in the format hh:mm:ss|