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Show this month's calendar, with today's date highlighted

Terminal - Show this month's calendar, with today's date highlighted
cal | grep --before-context 6 --after-context 6 --color -e " $(date +%e)" -e "^$(date +%e)"
2009-03-04 06:46:52
User: haivu
Functions: cal grep
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Show this month's calendar, with today's date highlighted

Explanation:

* The date command evaluated to today's date with blank padded on the left if single digit

* The grep command search and highlight today's date

* The --before-context and --after-context flags displays up to 6 lines before and after the line containing today's date; thus completes the calendar.

I have tested this command on Mac OS X Leopard and Xubuntu 8.10

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Why so much ....

cal

Is sufficient. Current date is highlighted already.

Comment by CodSpirit 325 weeks and 3 days ago

CodSpirit: Which system are you talking about? I tried cal alone on Mac OSX Leopard and on Xubuntu 8.10 and the current date is not highlighted.

Comment by haivu 325 weeks and 2 days ago
cal | grep -C6 --color -e " $(date +%e)" -e "^(date +%e)"
Comment by macha3162 325 weeks and 2 days ago

The cal in OSX doesn't highlight. The one in RHEL (actually "ncal") does. This hack is handy for those cal's that don't highlight.

Comment by DEinspanjer 325 weeks and 1 day ago

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