Changing the date in terminal

Posted on 2002-03-17
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Last Modified: 2006-11-17
Hi folks, I would like to be able to change the date in a terminal window instead of the gui.
I have tried some of the commands but can't seem to get it to work.
%D Date 11/13/55
Is what I have tried plus a few variations.
Any help, greatly appreciated.
Question by:Ned_Kelly
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hindmost earned 100 total points
ID: 6873866
use date with the -s option
to set the date to 17th of march 2002 you would...
date -s 03182002

the format for the string used is MMDDCCYY
Wher M=Month D=Day in Month C=Century Y=Year. (Century is optional. You can add Hour and minute figures to the string as well.

This will only work if you have the appropriate priveleges to set the system clock. Otherwise you'll get an operation not permitted error.

Expert Comment

ID: 6873874
Actually that example will set the date to the 18th of march. but all the rest of the info is correct <g>

Author Comment

ID: 6873885
Thanks hindmost, thats great.
Appreciated very much.
Have a great day and regards Ned

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