shtool-mdate man page

shtool mdate — GNU shtool pretty-print last modification time


shtool mdate [-n|--newline] [-z|--zero] [-s|--shorten] [-d|--digits] [-f|--field-sep str] [-o|--order spec] path


This command pretty-prints the last modification time of a given file or directory path, while still allowing one to specify the format of the date to display.


The following command line options are available.

-n, --newline
By default, output is written to stdout followed by a "newline" (ASCII character 0x0a). If option -n is used, this newline character is omitted.
-z, --zero
Pads numeric day and numeric month with a leading zero. Default is to have variable width.
-s, --shorten
Shortens the name of the month to a english three character abbreviation. Default is full english name. This option is silently ignored when combined with -d.
-d, --digits
Use digits for month. Default is to use a english name.
-f, --field-sep str
Field separator string between the day month year tripple. Default is a single space character.
-o, --order spec
Specifies order of the day month year elements within the tripple. Each element represented as a single character out of “"d"”, “"m"” and “"y"”. The default for spec is “"dmy"”.


#   shell script
shtool mdate -n /
shtool mdate -f '/' -z -d -o ymd foo.txt
shtool mdate -f '-' -s foo.txt


The GNU shtool mdate command was originally written by Ulrich Drepper in 1995 and revised by Ralf S. Engelschall <> in 1998 for inclusion into GNU shtool.

See Also

shtool(1), date(1), ls(1).

Referenced By


shtool 2.0.8 18-Jul-2008 GNU Portable Shell Tool