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