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I noticed a one liner here for working out when you started work that day. The code given was:

date "+%b %d" | xargs -i grep -m1 -i {} /var/log/syslog.0 |awk '{ print "Today I got to work at " $3 }'

This basically just gets the time the machine was started that day.

There are a few problems here, firstly this can be done a lot easier with the 'uptime' command. More importantly though the machine I work on doesn't get rebooted each day so instead of the startup time I'd need the time I first logged in that day. This can be achieved with the following:

last $USER | sed -n '/'"$(date +"%b %d")"'/!q; p' | tail -1 | awk '{ print "Today I got to work at " $7 }'

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I think there is also a problem with your solution. What will happen if you last login after mid-night, say 00:15, and then go to bed?

So maybe modify "tail -1" to "tail -x" and just print some date ...
Posted 2009-03-19 15:20:53
Or, what happens if you never really log out?  I'm the only one who uses my machine, so I just turn on the screensaver when I leave for the day...
Posted 2009-03-19 17:11:23
Hey, I never said it would work for everyone! You guys need to come up with your own solutions! :p
Posted 2009-03-19 17:17:52
My system is configured in es_ES.UTF-8 so
$ date "+%b %d"
abr 14
(Note the 'b' and the lower-case 'a')

syslog is saved as "Apr 14", so is "last", so these scripts won't work in i18n'ed systems like mine.

Solution: just force en_EN :)

$ LANG=en_EN.UTF-8 date "+%b %d" | xargs -i grep -m1 -i {} /var/log/syslog.0 |awk '{ print "Today I got to work at " $3 }'

and (modified $7 to $6 to work on my sys):

$ last $USER | sed -n '/'"$(LANG=en_EN.UTF-8 date +"%b %d")"'/!q; p' | tail -1 | awk '{ print "Today I got to work at " $6 }'
Posted 2009-04-14 13:47:43

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