VI / VIM: Insert Current Date / Time

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How do I display and insert current date and/or time under vi or VIM text editor?

You can use external command as follows to insert the current date and time:
:r !date
OR just type !!date (press ESC key followed by !! and than type date)
!!date
Sample outputs:

Fig.01: Insert date and time into Vim
Fig.01: Insert date and time into Vim

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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2 comment

  1. Put the date in a variable:

    TODAY=`date +”%A %B %e at %I:%M”
    echo $TODAY

    Put this in a script and the variable TODAY is updated every time the script executes. The data string is formatted us the plus sign with each element preceded by the percent. Quote the whole string to preserve and spaces.

    Bill

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