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Hi all,

how do i convert user input (which i assume the example below is as string ) to unix date format?

echo "please enter date [dd/mm/yy]:
read answer

I can't use date -d option as my unix is sun solaris n does not support that.
It only supports

date [-u] mmddHHMM[[cc]yy][.SS]
 date [-u] [+format]
 date -a [-]sss[.fff]

any idea?



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omarfarid earned 375 total points
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you can get rid of / in the input string using

echo $answer | awk -F'/' '{ print $1 " "  $2 " "  $3 }' | read d m y

then

date $m$d0000$y

 
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Why given grade B?
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Was your intention to reset the system date/time?  I got the impression you were simply trying to convert one date format to another.
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