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Old 09-08-2009, 04:45 AM   #1
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Cannot use funccion $date in home network

I have a home network. I cannot use the funccion $date. WHen I use it in my PC, it works good, but when I use it to rename folder depende on the $(date) I got bash errors. I think, that is because $(date) create long names with spaces like:

lun sep  7 14:48:30 CEST 2009
So, there is some problem to create this names in network, that is what I think.

When I use $RANDOM instead $(date) it works good.

Any solution to can use $(date) in network?
Old 09-08-2009, 04:56 AM   #2
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Variables or Command Substitution


I'm a little lost....are you attempting to access the value stored in a Variable, or are you trying to do "Command Substitution" within a shell script?

Specifically, $(date) is not a function, you're calling the "date" command (as in /usr/bin/date), because you're using parenthesis, rather than curly brackets.

Unless you meant ${date} which would call a Variable, which should be set in the script, or your shell's environment files.

If you're trying to get a date added on to the end of a directory's name, you might want to check the manual page ("man date") for the syntax.

Perhaps something like this;

mv directory_name directory_name-`date +%Y_%m_%d-%H%M`

so you wind up with a directory named like this;


Hope this helps!

Last edited by xeleema; 09-08-2009 at 04:57 AM. Reason: Fixed formatting of "date"
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