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PROMPTDATE(1)							 PROMPTDATE(1)

NAME
       promptdate - accept date entry and print out in specified format

SYNOPSIS
       promptdate [ -f format ] [ datespec ]

DESCRIPTION
       If no format is specified, one suitable for parsing by MH will be used.

       If  no date is given on the command line, promptdate will interactively
       prompt for one.	It will persist in asking for a	 date  until  a	 legal
       date  is	 supplied.  To exit, type the EOF character (normally control-
       d).

       The syntax of an acceptable date specification is:

	      "today" | "tomorrow" | <dayofweek> | "+"<daysfromtoday> | <date>
	      [<month> [<year>]]

       where:

	      <dayofweek> is "sunday",...,"saturday"

	      <daysfromtoday> is an unsigned decimal number

	      <date> is a valid date for that month

	      <month> is "january",...,"december"

	      <year> is > 1970

       Alphabetic  strings may be in any mix of upper or lower case.  They may
       also be abbreviated to the first three letters.

       <dayofweek> is equivalent to specifying from "+1" to "+7".

AUTHOR
       Ken Yap (University of Rochester)

BUGS
       This manual page lies - the format is hardwired for MH.	 General  date
       formatting is not implemented yet.

       Should  accept more date formats. Will be replaced by a user-friendlier
       version soon.

				    3/13/86			 PROMPTDATE(1)
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