I'm trying to configure Today is 20/11/2016 with Emacs editor. I think the command date is located in \bin. Therefore, with the editor I wrote what is in the following image :

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I know it should be straighforward, but I am a beginner (so it's not). Could anyone be able to tell me what do I have to do to fix this? I know with bash shell, I should use $(date +%D) to obtain the date. However, as I use fish shell, I don't even know what it could be.

1 Answer 1


Paste this in the editor

 C-u M-! date

M-! date is shell command for date and C-u is prefix to put its output in current buffer.

Another method,

add the following to your ~/.emacs:

 (display-time-mode 1)

Ref : https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/DisplayTime

  • I need a bit more explanation please. What could replace $(date) in fish shell Nov 20, 2016 at 14:27
  • @Sandra I have edited my answer and added what you are looking for. hopefully this helps.
    – Rahul
    Nov 20, 2016 at 14:33

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