auparse_get_time - Linux


The auparse_get_time command is a versatile tool designed for parsing time-related data from a given input string. It provides a convenient way to extract timestamps, durations, and other temporal information with precision and efficiency. The command is particularly useful in scenarios involving log analysis, data mining, and text processing.


auparse_get_time [options] <input_string>

Required arguments:

  • <input_string>: The string to be parsed for time-related information.

Optional arguments:

  • -f, --format: Specifies the expected format of the time information in the input string. Refer to the Formats section for available options. (default: autodetect)


  • -h, --help: Display usage information and exit.
  • -V, --version: Print version information and exit.
  • -d, --delimiter: Specify the delimiter used to separate time components in the input string. (default: whitespace)
  • -t, --timezone: Parse the time in a specific timezone. (default: system timezone)
  • -o, --output: Write the parsed time to a file instead of standard output.


Example 1: Extract timestamp from a log file:

auparse_get_time -f "%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S" "2023-03-08 14:30:15"



Example 2: Parse duration from a text string:

auparse_get_time "1 day 2 hours 30 minutes"



Common Issues

Error: Invalid time format

This error occurs when the input string does not match the specified format. Verify the format using the -f option and ensure that it accurately reflects the input string’s structure.

Error: Unrecognized timezone

If the provided timezone is not recognized by the system, this error will be raised. Use the -t option with a valid timezone abbreviation or name to resolve this issue.


auparse_get_time can be combined with other Linux commands for advanced tasks:

  • awk + auparse_get_time: Extract timestamps from log files and perform calculations on them.
  • grep + auparse_get_time: Filter log files based on specific time criteria.
  • sed + auparse_get_time: Manipulate time-related data in text files.


The following formats are recognized by auparse_get_time:

  • %Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S: ISO 8601 (YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS)
  • %d/%m/%Y %H:%M:%S: European (DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM:SS)
  • %m/%d/%Y %H:%M:%S: American (MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS)
  • %H:%M:%S: Hour:Minute:Second (HH:MM:SS)
  • %d days %H hours %M minutes: Duration (d days h hours m minutes)

Related Commands

  • date: Display or manipulate the current date and time.
  • strptime: Parse a string into a struct tm.
  • strftime: Format a struct tm into a string.