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getTime

Purpose
Retrieves the current system time, or a formatted value containing the time and/or date.

Syntax
getTime var [{format}]

var: A variable to hold the formatted time or date.

[{format}]: The format in which to return the time/date. If this is not specified, the variable will be set to hold the current system time in its default format.



Notes
This is an extemely powerful date/time formatting command.

Some components of the 'format' command are:

"d" : Displays the day of the month without a leading zero.
"dd" : Displays the day of the month with a leading zero.
"m": Displays the month without a leading zero.
"mm": Displays the month with a leading zero.
"yy": Displays a two digit year.
"yyyy": Displays a four digit year.

"h": Displays the hour without a leading zero.
"hh": Displays the hour with a leading zero.
"n": Displays the minute without a leading zero.
"nn": Displays the minute with a leading zero.
"s": Displays the second without a leading zero.
"ss": Displays the second with a leading zero.

"am/pm": Displays "am" or "pm" depending upon the time.
"a/p": Displays "a" or "p" depending upon the time.

"c": Displays the date in its system date format.
"t": Displays the time in its system time format.

Any characters within quotes are left as they are (without formatting). Unidentified components are simply shown as-is.

Example
getTime $test "'The time is :' h:m:s, ' the date is :' d:m:yyyy'"

# displays: The time is : 12:22:28,  the date is : 11:4:2003
echo $test



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