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Display an updating clock in sh variants

Terminal - Display an updating clock in sh variants
while true; do date; sleep 1; done
2009-03-23 22:44:59
User: cbetts
Functions: sleep
Display an updating clock in sh variants

Handy if all you have is a console session or tty.


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Better way:

while clear; do date && sleep 1; done

or if you prefer scrolling:

while date; do sleep 1; done

Comment by isaacs 314 weeks and 1 day ago

watch date # hah! 10 characters :-)

Comment by mpb 314 weeks and 1 day ago

Slick! I mostly run Solaris, so watch has to be added on. Like the while clear approach though.

Comment by cbetts 314 weeks and 1 day ago

watch -n 1 date #can't wait a second for the time/date:)

Comment by Williebee 314 weeks and 1 day ago

Why are people voting up trivial commands like this? I have yet to understand that.

Comment by ozymandias 314 weeks ago

What's the point of this command? Why would I want to sit at a terminal watching my date timestamp? I certainly have better things to do with my time.

Comment by atoponce 314 weeks ago

atoponce -- I think the point was to see how trivial of a command they could come up with.

Comment by ozymandias 314 weeks ago

watch -n 1 true


while true; do echo -en "\033[0G"; echo -n `date`; sleep 1; done

Comment by decasm 313 weeks and 4 days ago

Your point of view

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