The rndc stats commands created /var/named/chroot/var/named/data/named_stats.txt file under RHEL 5.x or CentOS 5.x BIND 9 server. However, date is not is correct format. The date is in the following format:
grep 'Dump' /var/named/chroot/var/named/data/named_stats.txt
+++ Statistics Dump +++ (1263408025)
--- Statistics Dump --- (1263408025)
+++ Statistics Dump +++ (1263408071)
--- Statistics Dump --- (1263408071)
+++ Statistics Dump +++ (1268304218)
--- Statistics Dump --- (1268304218)
+++ Statistics Dump +++ (1268304248)
--- Statistics Dump --- (1268304248)
How do I convert date (e.g., 1263408025) in a human readable format?
The number 1263408025 is seconds since 1970-01-01 and can be converted to a human readable format using the following simple date command:
$ date -d '1970-01-01 1263408025 sec'
Wed Jan 13 18:40:25 CST 2010
Your named stats was dumped on Jan/13/2010 at 18:40:25 local time.
More About UNIX Time
Unix time, or POSIX time, is a system for describing points in time, defined as the number of seconds elapsed since midnight proleptic Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of January 1, 1970, not counting leap seconds. See wikipedia article for more information or refer to man page:
$ man date
$ info coreutils date