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Working with date

by alk1000 (Initiate)
on Jun 04, 2003 at 01:56 UTC ( #262860=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
alk1000 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Holy Monks,

I've just 3 short questions about date:

1- if i've $newdate = `date`;
i'll get $newdate equal to "Wed Jun 4 11:30:16 EST 2003". What's the best way to change the $newdate to "04-06-2003 11:30:16". the way i figured out is pretty long.

2- Using localtime in perl, how can i print the date as dd-mm-yyyy (i.e. 04-06-2003). do i've to use printf or is there any other way?

2- How can i add 10 days to $newdate to get a new variable $deldate, with automatic month/year increment if the case calls.

Tanx in advance, AnA (newbie)

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Re: Working with date
by edoc (Chaplain) on Jun 04, 2003 at 03:09 UTC

    I have to recommend looking at some date modules on cpan but there are a lot to choose from so if that is all you need to do, and all you'll ever need to do you could use something like this:

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; my $time = time; my $date = date_format($time); print "Now: $date\n"; my $tendays = date_format( $time + ( 10 * 24 * 60 * 60 ) ); print "10 days from now: $tendays\n"; my $thirtydays = date_format( $time + ( 30 * 24 * 60 * 60 ) ); print "30 days from now: $thirtydays\n"; sub date_format{ my $seconds = shift; my @bits = localtime($seconds); $bits[4]++; $bits[5] += 1900; return sprintf "%02.0f-%02.0f-%04.0f %02.0f:%02.0f:%02.0f", ($bits[3 +],$bits[4],$bits[5],$bits[2],$bits[1],$bits[0]); }

    my sprintf'n prolly isn't the best, but it seems to work..



      my sprintf'n prolly isn't the best, but it seems to work.

      Since you are printing integers, you should really use %d rather than %f. That and an array slice clean it up nicely...

      sprintf "%02d-%02d-%04d %02d:%02d:%02d", @bits[3,4,5,2,1,0];

      "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";

        ahh, much better! ++



      TANX mate, u're a star!
Re: Working with date
by crouchingpenguin (Priest) on Jun 04, 2003 at 11:51 UTC

    See this recent node: help on getting date

    "Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic."
Re: Working with date
by jaa (Friar) on Jun 04, 2003 at 08:22 UTC

    using backticks to get date - not pretty at all - but you should try
      man date
    as *NIX date will format its output any which way you want

    Better yet search CPAN for a date module that supports your processing functionality.

Re: Working with date
by nite_man (Deacon) on Jun 04, 2003 at 06:40 UTC


    Try to look at my modules from 'Date' DateTime Project. Maybe it will be useful for you :-))
    SV* sv_bless(SV* sv, HV* stash);

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