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`date': Print or set system date and time

   `date' with no arguments prints the current time and date, in the
format of the `%c' directive (described below).  Synopses:

     date [OPTION]... [+FORMAT]
     date [-u|--utc|--universal] [ MMDDHHMM[[CC]YY][.SS] ]

   If given an argument that starts with a `+', `date' prints the
current time and date (or the time and date specified by the `--date'
option, see below) in the format defined by that argument, which is the
same as in the `strftime' function.  Except for directives, which start
with `%', characters in the format string are printed unchanged.  The
directives are described below.

* Menu:

* Time directives::             %[HIklMprsSTXzZ]
* Date directives::             %[aAbBcdDhjmUwWxyY]
* Literal directives::          %[%nt]
* Padding::                     Pad with zeroes, spaces (%_), or nothing (%-).
* Setting the time::            Changing the system clock.
* Options for date::            Instead of the current time.
* Examples of date::            Examples.

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