GNU bug report logs - #7997
Feature request for date command

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Package: coreutils; Severity: wishlist; Reported by: rms@HIDDEN; dated Mon, 7 Feb 2011 21:19:02 UTC; Maintainer for coreutils is bug-coreutils@HIDDEN.

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    For date input (using --date=STRING) you can use the TZ variable to
    specify the input timezone.  Here is an example.

      $ date -R --date='TZ="Europe/Rome" 2004-10-31 06:30'
      Sat, 30 Oct 2004 23:30:00 -0600

      $ TZ="America/New_York" date -R --date='TZ="Europe/Paris" 2004-10-31 06:30'
      Sun, 31 Oct 2004 01:30:00 -0400

That does the job, but it is not documented in the manual.
Could you document it, and add these examples?

-- 
Dr Richard Stallman
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Richard Stallman wrote:
> It should be possible to specify a timezone such as
> Europe/Rome for the date input.  That works in TZ
> to control the output, so it should work in the input too.

For date input (using --date=STRING) you can use the TZ variable to
specify the input timezone.  Here is an example.

  $ date -R --date='TZ="Europe/Rome" 2004-10-31 06:30'
  Sat, 30 Oct 2004 23:30:00 -0600

That produced an answer in my local timezone of US/Central.  This is
useful for converting dates.  Here is another example.

  $ TZ="America/New_York" date -R --date='TZ="Europe/Paris" 2004-10-31 06:30'
  Sun, 31 Oct 2004 01:30:00 -0400

That converted a datestamp from Europe/Paris to America/New_York.

Does this help?

Bob




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It should be possible to specify a timezone such as
Europe/Rome for the date input.  That works in TZ
to control the output, so it should work in the input too.

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Dr Richard Stallman
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www.fsf.org, www.gnu.org




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