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Easily print unix epoch timestamp in human-readable form on the command line
# take a Unix timestamp and print it in human-readable form;
# works both on Linux and OS X.
# copy this to your .bash_profile, then you can use it as:
# from_unixtime 1460558700
# returns: Wed Apr 13 16:45:00 CEST 2016
from_unixtime() {
# the command above is a simple method to remove milliseconds.
# it works until 2286-11-20 17:46:40, after which unix timestamps
# will have 11 digits.
if [[ "$(uname)" == "Darwin" ]]; then
date -r $thedate
date -d @$thedate
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