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Re: [ferret_users] constructing output file names with zero-filled current date string

Hi Peng,

I need to extract the current date and use it in my output file name. How do I convert:


    current_date =” 2-Apr-18”


to a fix length, zero-filled date string: cDate=“02-Apr-18”?  

let a = SPAWN("gdate --date='2-Apr-18' +'%d-%b-%y'")
define symbol cDate `a`

The SPAWN() function runs the shell command and gets its output.  I use the command "gdate" above for the GNU version of the "date" command.  On Linux, use "date".  To check if it's the right date command, look at "date --version".


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