Monthly Archives: August 2010

Date and Time Arithmetic in the bash shell

Here are some ways to add hours, days, months etc to a given date and get the result from the bash shell

To add seconds to a given date

rramads@rramads-us2:~$ date -d “2010-08-12 05:30:30 PM 15 seconds”
Thu Aug 12 17:30:45 EDT 2010

To add minutes to a given date in the bash shell you can

rramads@rramads-us2:~$ date -d “2010-08-12 05:30:30 PM 15 minutes”

Thu Aug 12 17:45:30 EDT 2010

To add  hours to a given date in the bash shell you can

rramads@rramads-us2:~$ date -d “2010-08-12 05:30:30 PM 15 hours”

Fri Aug 13 08:30:30 EDT 2010

To add days to a given date

rramads@rramads-us2:~$ date -d “2010-08-12 05:30:30 PM 15 days”

Fri Aug 27 17:30:30 EDT 2010

To add months to a given date

rramads@rramads-us2:~$ date -d “2010-08-12 05:30:30 PM 15 months”
Sat Nov 12 17:30:30 EST 2011