Typing the current date ( or any string ) via a shortcut as if the keys had been actually typed with the hardware keyboard in any application.

xvkbd -xsendevent -text $(date +%Y%m%d)
That works in all softs, CLI or GUI... I don't want to waste time to all the time typing the same stuff . So, I have that command in my window manager shortcuts ( meta+l ). All the window managers have editable shortcuts AFAIK. If not, or you don't want to use it that way, you can easily use the xbindkeys soft. I you're using kde4, you can run : systemsettings then open "inputs actions" and create a new shortcut. For Gnome take a look there : http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-create-keyboard-shortcuts-in-gnome/ A more advanced one, with strings and newlines : xvkbd -xsendevent -text "---8<-----\nToday date is: $(date +%Y%m%d)\n---8<-----" For complicated or long paste, you can feed xvkbd with a file : xvkbd -xsendevent -file <file> You can simulate ^C ( control+c ) too or others combinations of keys : xvkbd -text "\C\Ac" There's no man page nor help ( On my Archlinux distro ), but you can see online doc there : http://homepage3.nifty.com/tsato/xvkbd/
Sample Output
20091225

14
By: sputnick
2009-12-23 12:01:07

What Others Think

This may very well be my favorite commandlinefu of all time.
matthewbauer · 617 weeks and 3 days ago
Is there anything xvkbd can't do? The most amazing commandlinefus I've ever seen all involve this little slice of magic.
kaedenn · 617 weeks and 3 days ago
@kaedenn : I don't know any kind of limitations. @matthewbauer : thanks :) @all folks : the tip was edited to change description to something more relevant and an advanced exemple is added to play with strings, date and newlines.
sputnick · 617 weeks and 3 days ago
For xfce4, you should use : bash -c 'xvkbd -xsendevent -text $(date +%Y%m%d)' in Xmenu/parameters/keyboard/
sputnick · 610 weeks and 4 days ago

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