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Old 03-31-2017
Difference between two dates

Hi There

I am trying to find the difference between two dates in seconds, by taking the first 10 digits of the file name itself, which I have done as shown below:

current_time=`date +%s`
last_login_of_tim=`date -d @1489662376 +%s`

This will return the date in seconds.

However what I am stuck with is that the file I want to return the date from, in the name it has the date and time of last execution, I tried to do the same way but this failed.

File Name: 'Wynyard_MTP_Primary-btstats-2017-03-29-10:34:50.xml'

How can I now do what I done before but with this file?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Thanks in advanced

Last edited by Don Cragun; 04-05-2017 at 04:46 AM.. Reason: Change quote tags to code tags.
# 2  
Old 03-31-2017
Please elaborate how you did "do the same way", and also post the way "this failed".
Where and how is that file name stored? A shell variable? In a loop?

Are you aware that date -d @1489662376 +%s is a NoOP?
# 3  
Old 03-31-2017
Hi RudiC

Sorry yes i will.

So first of all i'm not sure what you mean by a NoOP?

& by meaning same process I mean taking the first 10 digits but as there are "-" between day month year etc it won't except, is there another way to execute this?
# 4  
Old 03-31-2017
NoOp (No Operation) means "do nothing". Look at the result:
date -d @1489662376 +%s

Why didn't you answer ALL questions?
# 5  
Old 04-04-2017
Hi @RudiC

Sorry for the late reply

So yes I have just noticed that this is a no operation, so I want to find the difference between the dates with two files and have a round number (if possible in minutes/seconds)

So for example to days date = date = Tue Apr 4 11:05:18 BST 2017
The date of the particular file = date -d @1489662376 = Thu Mar 16 11:06:16 GMT 2017

Is there away to calculate the difference in minutes or seconds in this case would be roughly 27,359 minutes or 1,641,542 seconds. Is there a way to get this answer?

# 6  
Old 04-04-2017

See package dateutils, which can be found in many repositories, and includes ddiff:
       ddiff  -  Compute  duration from DATE/TIME (the reference date/time) to
       the other

       ddiff [OPTION]... DATE/TIME [DATE/TIME]...

       Compute duration from DATE/TIME (the reference date/time) to the  other
       DATE/TIMEs  given  and  print  the  result  as  duration.  If the other
       DATE/TIMEs are omitted read them from stdin.
       Time specs:
         %H  Durations in hours
         %I  Equivalent to %H
         %M  Durations in minutes
         %S  Durations in seconds

Some additional details:
dateutils.ddiff Compute duration from DATE/TIME (the reference date/ti... (man)
Path    : /usr/bin/dateutils.ddiff
Version : 0.3.1
Type    : ELF 64-bit LSB shared object, x86-64, version 1 (S ...)
Help    : probably available with -h,--help
Home    : https://github.com/hroptatyr/dateutils

The package utilities take some practice to learn, but are very useful for dealing with almost any form of date and time data.

Best wishes ... cheers, drl

Last edited by drl; 04-04-2017 at 02:59 PM.. Reason: Correct minor typo (spelling).
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