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Put a console clock in top right corner

Terminal - Put a console clock in top right corner
while sleep 1;do tput sc;tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-29));date;tput rc;done &
2011-02-17 11:13:19
User: glaudiston
Functions: sleep tput
Put a console clock in top right corner

A nice way to use the console in full screen without forget the current time.

you can too add other infos like cpu and mem use.


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
while true; do echo -ne "\e[s\e[0;$((COLUMNS-27))H$(date)\e[u"; sleep 1; done &
2012-11-11 02:16:21
Functions: echo sleep

This puts a clock in the top right of the terminal. This version doesn't use tput, but uses escape codes

while true; do tput sc; tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-74)); w | grep load; tput rc; sleep 10; done &
2011-04-27 09:28:27
User: ahofmann
Functions: grep sleep tput

Gives not only date but also some interesting status about the System

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What others think

Wow, that's very cute.

Comment by flatcap 249 weeks and 2 days ago

tnks to @flatcap, I learn:

man 1 tput man 5 terminfo

there's so much options to play.

Comment by glaudiston 249 weeks and 2 days ago

that is really awesome.

Comment by gamefiend 249 weeks and 1 day ago

Clocks have been done to DEATH lately, but this one is the one I like.


Comment by Habitual 249 weeks and 1 day ago

Really cool

>> .bashrc :)

Comment by rubenmoran 249 weeks ago

Really cool!

>> .bashrc :)

Comment by rubenmoran 249 weeks ago

For real life use with text-packed consoles, a space in front may enhance readability a lot, like in

while sleep 1;do tput sc;tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-29));echo -n " $(date)";tput rc;done &
Comment by bugmenot 248 weeks and 3 days ago

This one just for the time beeing :

while sleep 1; do tput sc;tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-$(date|wc -m)));date;tput rc;done &
Comment by mayrlin 234 weeks and 1 day ago

This one works fine too :

while sleep 1;DATE=$(date);do tput sc;tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-${#DATE}));printf "$DATE";tput rc;done &
Comment by mayrlin 234 weeks and 1 day ago

while sleep 1;do tput sc;tput rev;tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-45));echo -ne "$(hostname -i) ";echo -ne "Load: $(uptime | awk '{print $10}') "; echo "$(date +%D\ %T)";tput rc;done &

or this for a splash of color:

while sleep 1;do tput sc;tput setaf 5;tput setab 3;tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-45));echo -ne "$(hostname -i) ";echo -ne "Load: $(uptime | awk '{print $10}') "; echo "$(date +%D\ %T)";tput rc;done &

2 extra spaces to account for XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX

Comment by ctapyxa 211 weeks and 2 days ago

don't use with putty!

killall bash saved my life when this commands started jamming the display

Comment by Mole 202 weeks and 4 days ago


Comment by indilo 12 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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