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DDATE(1) Emperor Norton Utilities DDATE(1)


      ddate - converts Gregorian dates to Discordian dates


      ddate [+format] [date]


      ddate prints the date in Discordian date format.
      If  called  with  no arguments, ddate will get the current
      system date, convert this to the  Discordian  date  format
      and  print  this  on the standard output. Alternatively, a
      Gregorian date may be specified on the  command  line,  in
      the form of a numerical day, month and year.
      If  a format string is specified, the Discordian date will
      be printed in a format specified by the string. This mech-
      anism  works  similarly  to the format string mechanism of
      date(1), only almost completely  differently.  The  fields
      %A     Full name of the day of the week (i.e., Sweetmorn)
      %a     Abbreviated name of the day of the week (i.e., SM)
      %B     Full name of the season (i.e., Chaos)
      %b     Abbreviated name of the season (i.e., Chs)
      %d     Ordinal number of day in season (i.e., 23)
      %e     Cardinal number of day in season (i.e., 23rd)
      %H     Name of current Holyday, if any
      %N     Magic  code  to  prevent  rest of format from being
             printed unless today is a Holyday.
      %n     Newline
      %t     Tab
      %X     Number of days remaining until X-Day. (Not valid if
             the SubGenius options are not compiled in.)
      %}     Used  to enclose the part of the string which is to
             be replaced with the words "St. Tib's Day"  if  the
             current day is St. Tib's Day.
      %.     Try it and see.
                      59 Bureaucracy 3161                      1

DDATE(1) Emperor Norton Utilities DDATE(1)


      % ddate
      Sweetmorn, Bureaucracy 42, 3161 YOLD
      % ddate +'Today is %{%A, the %e of %B%}, %Y. %N%nCelebrate %H'
      Today is Sweetmorn, the 42nd of Bureaucracy, 3161.
      % ddate +"It's %{%A, the %e of %B%}, %Y. %N%nCelebrate %H" 26 9 1995
      It's Prickle-Prickle, the 50th of Bureaucracy, 3161.
      Celebrate Bureflux
      % ddate +'Today's %{%A, the %e of %B%}, %Y. %N%nCelebrate %H' 29 2 1996
      Today's St. Tib's Day, 3162.


      ddate(1) will produce undefined behaviour if asked to pro-
      duce the date for St. Tib's day and its format string does
      not contain the St. Tib's Day delimiters %{ and %}.


      After  `X-Day'  passed without incident, the Church of the
      SubGenius declared that it had got the year upside down  -
      X-Day  is  actually in 8661 AD rather than 1998 AD.  Thus,
      the True X-Day is Cfn 40, 9827.


      Original program by Druel the Chaotic aka  Jeremy  Johnson
      Major  rewrite  by  Lee  H:.  O:.  Smith, KYTP, aka Andrew
      Bulhak (acb@dev.null.org)
      Five tons of flax.


      Public domain. All rites reversed.


      Malaclypse the Younger,  Principia  Discordia,  Or  How  I
      Found Goddess And What I Did To Her When I Found Her
                      59 Bureaucracy 3161                      2


I added a little discordian hack to the wiki today cause it was the 23rd of 5 .;)
If you use $ddate in this wiki, it will be replaced by the current discordian date
as calculated by the ddate command described above.
(Our server time should be CentralEuropeanTime zone). --mutante

Example: $ddate