Get me yesterday's date, even if today is 1-Mar-2008 and yesterday was 29-Feb-2008

TZ=XYZ24 date
Fool date by setting the timezone out by 24 hours and you get yesterday's date. Try TZ=XYZ-24 to get tomorrow's date. I live in TZ=GMT0BST so you might need to shift the number 24 by the hours in your timezone.

By: jonty
2009-02-05 13:27:14

What Others Think

What's wrong with date --date=yesterday
tebeka · 638 weeks and 4 days ago
This works across most Unix shells and systems, not just Bash coreutils date. ps: did you know that you can also do date --date "240 days 16 minutes ago" and you get the date 240 days and 16 minutes ago (think, do 'uptime' and get the exact date it was booted)... or date --date "next sunday" neat huh :)
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