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Linux Clock Codes 2014-01-08

Well, I am trying my hand at a Linux desktop again (laptop actually). I am using Debian Squeeze on my Asus X52F with the XFCE desktop environment. What I don't like about Windows is politics, and what I don't like about Linux is technical. I also really hate the way some people insist on saying that if there is something you don't like about Linux you should just download the code and change it to suit your needs. I would be okay with that if Linux was described as being for developers only rather than as being "a free OS" or "an alternative to Windows". Anyways, every time I try Linux again there are lots of little things that I need to fuck with to make it work the way I like... and inevitably I forget how. Here are some tips about how to do simple tasks in Linux that I seem to forget.

Thanks to this post I was able to reduce the desktop real estate used by the clock. Here are the codes:

%% a literal % %a locale's abbreviated weekday name (e.g., Sun)
%A locale's full weekday name (e.g., Sunday)
%b locale's abbreviated month name (e.g., Jan)
%B locale's full month name (e.g., January)
%c locale's date and time (e.g., Thu Mar 3 23:05:25 2005)
%C century; like %Y, except omit last two digits (e.g., 21)
%d day of month (e.g, 01)
%D date; same as %m/%d/%y
%e day of month, space padded; same as %_d
%F full date; same as %Y-%m-%d
%g last two digits of year of ISO week number (see %G)
%G year of ISO week number (see %V); normally useful only with %V
%h same as %b
%H hour (00..23)
%I hour (01..12)
%j day of year (001..366)
%k hour ( 0..23)
%l hour ( 1..12)
%m month (01..12)
%M minute (00..59)
%n a newline
%p locale's equivalent of either AM or PM; blank if not known
%P like %p, but lower case
%r locale's 12-hour clock time (e.g., 11:11:04 PM)
%R 24-hour hour and minute; same as %H:%M
%s seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC
%S second (00..60)
%t a tab
%T time; same as %H:%M:%S
%u day of week (1..7); 1 is Monday
%U week number of year, with Sunday as first day of week (00..53)
%V ISO week number, with Monday as first day of week (01..53)
%w day of week (0..6); 0 is Sunday
%W week number of year, with Monday as first day of week (00..53)
%x locale's date representation (e.g., 12/31/99)
%X locale's time representation (e.g., 23:13:48)
%y last two digits of year (00..99)
%Y year
%z +hhmm numeric timezone (e.g., -0400)
%Z alphabetic time zone abbreviation (e.g., EDT)
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