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SHTOOL-MDATE.TMP(1)		     GNU Portable Shell Tool		      SHTOOL-MDATE.TMP(1)

NAME
       shtool-mdate - GNU shtool pretty-print last modification time

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

DESCRIPTION
       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.

OPTIONS
       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"''.

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

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

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

18-Jul-2008				   shtool 2.0.8 		      SHTOOL-MDATE.TMP(1)
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