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Get current datetime

Note: Many $functions have been deprecated in favor of Object Oriented methods. The OO equivalent of $Sir_Date is CurrentTimeString.

This function accepts an optional datetime format string and an optional error control string, and returns the current date and time as a character string with the specified format.


%odate = $Sir_Date(fmt, errctl)

Syntax terms

%odate Set to contain the current date and time, in the format specified by fmt.
fmt Optional datetime format string, defaults to YY-MM-DD. Refer to Datetime string formats for an explanation of valid datetime formats and valid datetime values.
errctl Optional error control string; refer to Datetime error handling.

Usage notes

  • $Sir_Date returns the null string in the following error case: fmt is not a valid datetime format. For more information about error handling, see Datetime error handling).


The following fragment prints a value such as Monday, 1 January 2001 AT 01:11:10 PM:

Print $Sir_Date('Wkday, DAY Month YYYY' WITH ' "A"T HH:MI:SS AM')

Products authorizing $Sir_Date