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       hodie - Print current date and time... in Latin


       hodie [ OPTION ]...


       hodie  prints out the current date using classic Latin, and in addition
       also prints it out and time using Roman numerals.


       -h, --help
              Print short help message with syntax

       -v, --verbose
              Print months and days (pridie, Kalends, Nones,  Ides)  full  and
              not the respective abbreviations (standard mode of operation)

              Two occurrences of -v as well as the use of -vv  or --extremely-
              verbose  will  include  the  numerals  where  applicable   fully
              declined, as in ’ante diem quintum Kalends Septembres’.

       -n, --numerals
              Don’t  print anything in Latin - only the date and time as Roman

       -x, --force-numerals
              Print both the verbose latin and the  date  and  time  as  Roman

       -c, --classic, --auc
              Print  the year in the classic manner ab urbe condita instead of
              the more modern anno domini .

       -ad, --ante-diem
              Print the date expressing the number of days to  the  next  main
              day with the ante diem expression instead of ablative case.

       -d, --date
              Print  out  any  date.  This has a rather special syntax, with a
              keyword following the -d flag choosing input format. See section
              on DATE INPUT below.

       -r, --republican OFFSET
              Print  out  the  date  dated ab urbe tua condita with the offset
              counted in years as compared to  the  modern  european  kalendar
              (originating  with  the hypothetical birth of christ).  hodie -r
              -753 would be equivalent with hodie -c

              Print out the version number of this release and exit. No matter
              whether other options appear on the command line or not.


       Following the -d or the --date option flags, the first item must be one
       of the following:

              In this case, the year, month and day are given by following the
              verbose  keyword by the flags -y, --year, -m, --month, -d, --day
              for year, month and date respectively

       ymd    After this flag, the date comes in the format YYYY-MM-DD , where
              the numbers may be separated by any non-numeric character.

       dmy    With this flag, the date is given as DD-MM-YYYY

       mdy    With  this flag, the date is given as MM-DD-YYYY Restrictions on
              the characters that may replace the hyphen apply as above.


       The story began on the 10. of August, 2000  (a.d.  VI  Id.  Iul.,  MM).
       Having  finished  most  of my assignment for my two-month summer job at
       Ericsson Eurolab Deutschland, Nuremberg, I was  idling  around  on  the
       Internet,     and     stumbled     over     the     dotcomma-challenges
       <>  ,  where  especially   the   Roman   numeral
       challenge started my mind.

       Almost  an  hour  hacking,  and  there  it  was,  another hour, and the
       language support was there. Before the night was over,  I  had  written
       this  man  page  and  had  the  layout  of  a decent Makefile drawn out

       At the end of the next day, I was  so  far  that  I  actually  had  the
       workings  of RPM worked out, constructed a .rpm-package and a .src.rpm-
       package, which was promptly released  on  my  home-page,  announced  on
       freshmeat and uploaded to metalab (apps/misc :-).

       Response  was  quick  and plentiful. By now, I have compilation reports
       from Linux, FreeBSD and SCO Unixware 7; there  are  a  few  compability
       issues to put aside, but it works surprisingly well.


       hodie returns zero. Always. If it doesn’t, then something is really bad
       with the code.

       For some really unreadable code, this means that hodie could be used as
       a strange replacement for true


       It doesn’t sanity check the input... telling hodie to display the roman
       form of the 99th of march gives a slightly jumbled output,  which  most
       definitely does not make sense.

       Reports are more than welcome (e-mail below).


       Now,  who would come up with such a thing?  Well, I’m Mikael Johansson,
       a rather all-round geek  from  Stockholm.  I’m  gravely  interested  in
       languages,   in  computers  and  in  mathematics;  a  combination  more
       dangerous than you might think.

       E-mails to <>


       A double and triple grammar check (will be done as soon as I  start  my
       university studies).

       Check that it really does display correctly for all dates.

       Implement a complementary, ancient Greek program :-)

       Perhaps  port/translate  top, uptime, and other nice utilities to Latin

       And, as always... Debugging debugging debugging!