Can I run a command within another command for example:

twidge update date

date being the bash command date so effectively, twidge will update twitter with today's date. twidge is a CLI based twitter client.

2 Answers 2


You can try escaping the command like so

twidge update "$(date)"

Which will execute date and concatenate the output of the command into the twidge command.

According to the twidge help info

You can also omit the status, in which case a single line will be read from stdin and taken as your update. Example:

date | twidge update

Just pipe the command to twidge via stdin.


Yep, if I understand you properly, this will do it:

twidge update `date`

If twidge doesn't like it, try twidge update "$(date)", quotation marks to pass it in as one long string.

  • Ah drats, twidge didn't like it, but thank you anyway, this information will prove useful later on no doubt.
    – Switchkick
    Oct 15, 2010 at 4:30
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    The use of `` is deprecated, but anyway, if you prefer to use it you can do "`date`"
    – enzotib
    Oct 15, 2010 at 5:47

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