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timestamp [args]


Arguments Description
-seconds Introduces a number of seconds since the epoch to be used as a source from which to format.  Otherwise, the current time is used.
-gmt Forces timestamp output to use the GMT timezone.  With no flag, the local timezone is used.
-format Introduces a string which is returned but with substitutions made according to the POSIX rules for strftime. 

The following format sequences are supported: 
 

%a abbreviated weekday name
%A full weekday name
%b abbreviated month name
%B full month name
%c date-time as in: Wed Oct 6 11:45:56 1993
%d day of the month (01-31)
%H hour (00-23)
%I hour (01-12)
%j day (001-366)
%m month (01-12)
%M minute (00-59)
%p am or pm
%S second (00-61)
%u day (1-7, Monday is first day of week)
%U week (00-53, first Sunday is first day of week one)
%V week (01-53, ISO 8601 style)
%w day (0-6)
%W week (00-53, first Monday is first day of week one)
%x date-time as in: Wed Oct 6 1993
%X 24-hour time format; as in: 23:59:59
%y 2-digit year (00-99)
%Y year as in: 1993
%Z timezone (or nothing if not determinable)
%% a bare percent sign


This material is excerpted from the O'Reilly book "Exploring Expect" by Don Libes, and can also be found in the manpage on many UNIX platforms. 

 

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