Get the time from NIST.GOV

cat </dev/tcp/time.nist.gov/13
The format is JJJJJ YR-MO-DA HH:MM:SS TT L DUT1 msADV UTC(NIST) OTM and is explained more fully here: http://tf.nist.gov/service/acts.htm
Sample Output
cat </dev/tcp/time.nist.gov/13

55168 09-12-03 20:32:43 00 0 0 350.2 UTC(NIST) * 

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By: drewk
2009-12-03 21:40:14

What Others Think

I don't get it to work with bash. What are the prerequisites ?
CodSpirit · 459 weeks and 5 days ago
CodSpirit: On some systems, such as Debian and Debian offshoots, net redirections aren't enabled in Bash. You can do the same thing with curl, wget, or nc, though: curl -s time.nist.gov:13 nc time.nist.gov 13 wget -q -O- time.nist.gov:13
eightmillion · 459 weeks and 5 days ago
You have to enable net-redirections when compiling bash to do it. That doesn't work on debian derivated distros by default...
sputnick · 459 weeks and 5 days ago
Works for me on Ubuntu and OS X. I do not have Debian...
drewk · 459 weeks and 5 days ago
Indeed it is not enabled on Ubuntu 9.04 Thanks eightmillion for alternatives
CodSpirit · 459 weeks and 5 days ago
To convert to local time, you can use the date command, thus the full command will be: wget -q -O- time.nist.gov:13 | awk '{print $2,$3}' | grep -v "^ *$" | (read t; date "+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S %Z" -d "$t +0000") (if it needs explaining, we get the date portion, skip empty line, read into variable t, then use date to print in local time)
Uriqimadh · 226 weeks and 5 days ago

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