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Getting Epoch Time on Solaris 10 and Older

Submitted by on September 8, 2014 – 3:57 pm

You can get the epoch time on Solaris 11 and Linux simply by running the date command:

date +'%s'

On Solaris 10 and older, you need to get creative:
/usr/bin/truss /usr/bin/date 2>&1 | nawk -F= '/^time()/ {gsub(/ /,"",$2);print $2}'

If you have to do this often, I’d suggest creating a shell script with this string and adding a soft link in /usr/bin

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