using awk on a variable

Nils Kassube kassube at
Thu Jan 21 14:53:10 UTC 2010

Ray Parrish wrote:
> I have the following code which is not working -
>           ReturnValue="`ls -als "$Package"`"
>           if [[ "$ReturnValue" != "" ]]
>                then
>                     DateTime="`awk "$ReturnValue" { print $7, $8 }`"
>                     echo "$DateTime"
>                     return
>           fi

Sorry, I don't speak awk, so I can't help you with the awk problem. But 
isn't that a bit complicated to get the date of a file using the ls 
command and then extracting the relevant part from the output? IMHO, the 
date command is better for this purpose:

DateTime=$(date -r "$Package" "+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M")


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