Quoting problem with `date`

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Old 02-22-2008
Quoting problem with `date`

I'm trying to take the command `date` giving me:
Fri Feb 22 09:23:52 EST 2008

and using some command take out the rest of the string leaving me with

"Fri Feb 22"

any help appreciated hopefully thanks in advance
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Old 02-22-2008
Use the Field Descriptors for 'date':
$ date +"%a %b %d"
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Old 02-22-2008
thanks a lot
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Old 02-22-2008
The man page (or info) for date gives you what all of these format specifiers are.
There are a lot of them. GNU date (usually on Linux) has extras, and extra functionality POSIX date does not have those extras.

-- POSIX is a unix standard for commands, etc.
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