How to generate datetime string?

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Old 06-28-2011
How to generate datetime string?

Hi. I'm hoping there is a simple method where I'm able to generate a datetime string that looks like this (yyyymmddhhmm):


The tricky part would be that I need this string to be today's datetime minus 1 year.

Is there anyway to do this?
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Old 06-28-2011
date +"expr "%Y%m%d%H%M" - 100000000" | sh

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Old 06-28-2011
if you are using gnu date, then try the below

$ date +%Y%m%d%H%M

$ date -d "1 year ago" +%Y%m%d%H%M

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Old 06-28-2011
jayan_jay you rock. Thank you so much!
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