Colored cal output

cal | sed -E "2,8s/(^|[^0-9])($(date +%e))( |$)/\1$(echo "\033[0;36m\2\033[0m")\3/g"
Colors a the current date in cal output
Sample Output
     April 2011
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                1  2
 3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

-1
2011-04-30 03:16:31

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What Others Think

On most shells, you'll need to use "echo -e" to get echo to interpret escape sequences. Zsh is the only shell that I'm aware of that interprets them by default.
eightmillion · 372 weeks and 3 days ago
you should have used echo -e
mrwill · 372 weeks and 3 days ago
There is also the 'ccal' command by Alex Matulich. The whole calendar is in color.
Vilemirth · 367 weeks and 6 days ago

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