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r.timestamp — Modifies a timestamp for a raster map.
Print/add/remove a timestamp for a raster map.


raster, metadata, timestamp, time


r.timestamp --help
r.timestamp map=name  [date=timestamp]   [--help]  [--verbose]  [--quiet]  [--ui]



Print usage summary


Verbose module output


Quiet module output


Force launching GUI dialog


map=name [required]

Name of raster map


Datetime, datetime1/datetime2, or ’none’ to remove
Format: ’15 jan 1994’ (absolute) or ’2 years’ (relative)


This command has 2 modes of operation. If no date argument is supplied, then the current timestamp for the raster map is printed. If a date argument is specified, then the timestamp for the raster map is set to the specified date(s). See examples below.


Strings containing spaces should be quoted. For specifying a range of time, the two timestamps should be separated by a forward slash. To remove the timestamp from a raster map, use date=none.

Timestamp Format

The timestamp values must use the format as described in the GRASS Datetime Library. The source tree for this library should have a description of the format. For convenience, the formats are reproduced here:

There are two types of datetime values:

Absolute values specify exact dates and/or times. Relative values specify a span of time.


The general format for absolute values is:

  day month year [bc] hour:minute:seconds timezone
	     day is 1-31
	     month is jan,feb,...,dec
	     year is 4 digit year
	     [bc] if present, indicates dates is BC
	     hour is 0-23 (24 hour clock)
	     minute is 0-59
	     second is 0-59.9999 (fractions of second allowed)
	     timezone is +hhmm or -hhmm (eg, -0600)

Some parts can be missing, for example

	     1994 [bc]
	     Jan 1994 [bc]
	     15 jan 1000 [bc]
	     15 jan 1994 [bc] 10 [+0000]
	     15 jan 1994 [bc] 10:00 [+0100]
	     15 jan 1994 [bc] 10:00:23.34 [-0500]


There are two types of relative datetime values, year-month and day-second. The formats are:

	     [-] # years # months
	     [-] # days # hours # minutes # seconds

The words years, months, days, hours, minutes, seconds are literal words, and the # are the numeric values. Examples:

	     2 years
	     5 months
	     2 years 5 months
	     100 days
	     15 hours 25 minutes 35.34 seconds
	     100 days 25 minutes
	     1000 hours 35.34 seconds

The following are illegal because it mixes year-month and day-second (because the number of days in a month or in a year vary):

	     3 months 15 days
	     3 years 10 days


Prints the timestamp for the "soils" raster map. If there is no timestamp for "soils", nothing is printed. If there is a timestamp, one or two time strings are printed, depending on if the timestamp for the map consists of a single date or two dates (ie start and end dates).

r.timestamp map=soils

Sets the timestamp for "soils" to the single date "15 sep 1987".

r.timestamp map=soils date=’15 sep 1987’

Sets the timestamp for "soils" to have the start date "15 sep 1987" and the end date "20 feb 1988".

r.timestamp map=soils date=’15 sep 1987/20 feb 1988’

Sets the timestamp for "soils" to have the start date "18 feb 2005 10:30:00" and the end date "20 jul 2007 20:30:00".

r.timestamp map=soils date=’18 feb 2005 10:30:00/20 jul 2007 20:30:00’

Removes the timestamp for the "soils" raster map.

r.timestamp map=soils date=none

Known Issues

Spaces in the timestamp value are required.

See Also

r.info, r3.timestamp, v.timestamp


Michael Shapiro, U.S.Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

Source Code

Available at: r.timestamp source code (history)

Accessed: Tuesday Mar 19 11:02:02 2024

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