Idea for date(1) improvement.

Geoff Speicher geoff at
Wed Sep 8 05:30:33 PDT 2004

On Wed, Sep 08, 2004 at 12:51:00PM +0200, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> I have sometimes needed to get the date of yesterday or last monday
> and so on for creating filenames.
> We have this very flexible code in at(1) and cvs(1) for specifying
> time.
> Anyone up for making it possible to say:
>   date -w "2 days ago"

FWIW, there's a public-domain implementation that PHP uses for its
strtotime() function (, and it appears to do
all/most of what /usr/src/usr.bin/at/parsetime.c does, plus more (time
zones, for example).


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