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I'm relatively new to this scene and I haven't got a clue how to figure out the output of this. I hope someone can assist as I really want to learn how.

date -u +%F | sha1sum | head -c8; echo

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    What exactly is your question? "Figure out the output"? Do you perhaps want to know what this command does, the purpose, etc. Please edit your question to inclue some more context; where you found this and what exactly your question is about it. I'll be happy to provide an answer once the question is clear. – gertvdijk Apr 24 '15 at 12:23
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Using date and sha1sum

date -u +%F | sha1sum | head -c8;  echo
  • date -u +%F

    prints the system date and time

    E.G. 2015-04-24

    • -u- UTC instead of CEST
    • +%F - full date; same as %Y-%m-%d
  • sha1sum

    compute SHA1 message digest

    E.G. e1a9d1a9de6f784ae30c6c1d5be9fc897ea5e4ec -

  • head -c8

    output the first part of files

    E.G. e1a9d1a9%

    • -c8 - print the first 8K bytes
  • echo

    display a line of text

    E.G. e1a9d1a9

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