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ddate - convert 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 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.


% 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.

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