Kathy Quinlan wrote:

Hi guys and Gals,

I have a simple script:


a=ia$(date +%d%m%Y)

tar -cf "$a.zip" "/usr/home/projects/lunaria/items all"
mv $a.zip /usr/home/itemsall/

this nearly does what I want, I would like to put the time in the file name aswell. If I put the %T in the date variable, the resultant value for $a has : seperating the hours, minutes and seconds.

Try as I might, I can not find away to remove the : and tar spits the dummy at them and it causes an IO device error.

I looked through sed and awk, and spent an hour playing, but all to no avail.

Anyhelp apreciated,




Did you try this:

b=`sed -e s/:/-/g $a`   #Replace all colons in the string $a with dashes

and then use the name $b.tar instead of $a.zip (I'd use the .tar instead of .zip for a tar archive. Helps with consitency)?

I know I used that line in order to strip empty spaces from filenames, replacing them with underscores.

Hope this helps!
-Henrik W Lund
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