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           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
           -r, --reference=FILE
                  display the last modification time of FILE
           -R, --rfc-2822
                  output  date  and time in RFC 2822 format.  Example: Mon, 07 Aug
                  2006 12:34:56 -0600
                  output date and time in RFC 3339 format.  TIMESPEC='date', 'sec-
                  onds',  or  'ns'  for  date and time to the indicated precision.
                  Date and time  components  are  separated  by  a  single  space:
                  2006-08-07 12:34:56-06:00
           -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.  Interpreted sequences are:
           %%     a literal %
           %a     locale's abbreviated weekday name (e.g., Sun)
           %A     locale's full weekday name (e.g., Sunday)
           %b     locale's abbreviated month name (e.g., Jan)
           %B     locale's full month name (e.g., January)
           %c     locale's date and time (e.g., Thu Mar  3 23:05:25 2005)
           %C     century; like %Y, except omit last two digits (e.g., 20)
           %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 equivalent of either AM or PM; blank if not known
           %P     like %p, but lower case
           %r     locale's 12-hour clock time (e.g., 11:11:04 PM)
           %R     24-hour hour and minute; same as %H:%M
           %s     seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC
           %S     second (00..60)
           %t     a tab
           %T     time; same as %H:%M:%S
           %u     day of week (1..7); 1 is Monday
           %U     week number of year, with Sunday as first day of week (00..53)
           %V     ISO week number, with Monday as first day of week (01..53)
           %w     day of week (0..6); 0 is Sunday
           %W     week number of year, with Monday as first day of week (00..53)
           %x     locale's date representation (e.g., 12/31/99)
           %X     locale's time representation (e.g., 23:13:48)
           %y     last two digits of year (00..99)
           %Y     year
           -      (hyphen) do not pad the field
           _      (underscore) pad with spaces
           0      (zero) pad with zeros
           ^      use upper case if possible
           #      use opposite case if possible
           After  any  flags  comes  an optional field width, as a decimal number;
           then an optional modifier, which is either E to use the locale's alter-
           nate  representations  if available, or O to use the locale's alternate
           numeric symbols if available.


           The --date=STRING is a mostly free format human  readable  date  string
           such  as  "Sun, 29 Feb 2004 16:21:42 -0800" or "2004-02-29 16:21:42" or
           even "next Thursday".  A date string may contain items indicating  cal-
           endar  date,  time of day, time zone, day of week, relative time, rela-
           tive date, and numbers.  An empty string indicates the beginning of the
           day.   The date string format is more complex than is easily documented
           here but is fully described in the info documentation.


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


           Written by David MacKenzie.


           Report date bugs to
           GNU coreutils home page: <>
           General help using GNU software: <>
           Report date translation bugs to <>


           Copyright (C) 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc.   License  GPLv3+:  GNU
           GPL version 3 or later <>.
           This  is  free  software:  you  are free to change and redistribute it.
           There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


           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 coreutils 'date invocation'

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