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Well, I HAVE seen date-manipulation functions for that kind of thing in pure
bourne-shell script. But it's ugly and convoluted. If you search for
"bourne or bash date epoch" on google you will likely find a way of doing
it w/o perl. But perl in this case is a) smaller, b) more readable and
c) way faster ....
While it is documented somewhere, this is one of the GNU utilities which “feels backward” when compared to say the BSD version (at least IMO). IMO, many of the GNU utilities have better features than their BSD or Solaris counterparts, but in this case the BSD version of date allows you direct access to strptime() where you can specify the format exactly, whereas the GNU version uses cryptic, poorly-documented, and inflexible syntax.
Because of the very broad differences between implementations, the standard date is very ill-featured compared to either.