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DDATE(1)                   Emperor Norton Utilities                   DDATE(1)



NAME
       ddate - converts Gregorian dates to Discordian dates

SYNOPSIS
       ddate [+format] [date]

DESCRIPTION
       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
       mechanism works similarly to the format string mechanism of date(1), only almost  completely  differently.  The
       fields are:

       %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.


















EXAMPLES
       % 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.


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


NOTE
       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.


AUTHOR
       Original program by Druel the Chaotic aka Jeremy Johnson (mpythonATgnu.edu)
       Major rewrite by Lee H:. O:. Smith, KYTP, aka Andrew Bulhak (acbATdev.org)
       Five tons of flax.


DISTRIBUTION POLICY
       Public domain. All rites reversed.


SEE ALSO
       date(1),
       http://www.subgenius.com/
       Malaclypse the Younger, Principia Discordia, Or How I Found Goddess And What I Did To Her When I Found Her


AVAILABILITY
       The   ddate    command    is    part    of    the    util-linux-ng    package    and    is    available    from
       ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux-ng/.



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