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Using date in the shell

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A small example how to use the date function in the linux shell. For ISO-Format yyyy-MM-dd%Y-%m-%d

pi@dojo:~$ echo $(date +%Y-%m-%d)
2013-01-23

With time

pi@dojo:~$ echo $(date +%Y-%m-%d\ %H:%M:%S)
2013-01-23 21:37:09