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Get yesterday's date or a previous time

Terminal - Get yesterday's date or a previous time
date -d '1 day ago'; date -d '11 hour ago'; date -d '2 hour ago - 3 minute'; date -d '16 hour'
2009-06-01 10:41:56
User: LrdShaper
Functions: date
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Get yesterday's date or a previous time

With this command you can get a previous or future date or time. Where can you use this? How about finding all files modified or created in the last 5 mins?

touch -t `echo $(date -d "5 minute ago" "+%G%m%d%H%M.%S")` me && find . -type f -newer me

List all directories created since last week?

touch -t `echo $(date -d "1 week ago" "+%G%m%d%H%M.%S")` me && find . -type d -cnewer me

I'm sure you can think of more ways to use it. Requires coreutils package.

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On Macs, one must use gnu date to get a future or past date.

Comment by stanishjohnd 286 weeks and 1 day ago

@stanishjohnd On my linux system and likely on many others, coreutils are GNU utilities. Is that command named differently under OS X? http://packages.debian.org/lenny/coreutils

Comment by bwoodacre 286 weeks and 1 day ago
date -d '52334343 hours ago'

Fri Aug 20 21:12:37 PDT 2027

There's a bug either in date, or ubuntu's date :)

Comment by freethinker 286 weeks and 1 day ago

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