Use the date command to display or set your Linux system time. This command requires you to use a specific sequence of numbers to represent the desired date and time. To see your Linux system's idea of the current date and time, use the date command like this:
$ sudo date
Wed Jan 10 14:17:01 EDT 2005
To adjust your system's time (say, to January 27, 2006 at 8 a.m.), use a command line with the month, day, hour, minute, and year, like so:
$ sudo date 012606002003 Fri Jan 27 08:00:00 EDT 2003
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