I want to make a directory with the name being the day. I have this variable:

[Desktop]: $dia

created this way:

dia=$'date +%d/%m/%y'

I'm trying to make a new directory this way:

mkdir "$dia"
mkdir: date +%d/%m: No such file or directory


mkdir $dia
mkdir: date: File exists
mkdir: +%d/%m: No such file or directory

but it creates a directory named date.

How can I make this? Thanks!

  • 2
    I assume, you are using bash. Functions use parentheses, i.e. dia=$(date +<format>). You are using the string date +%d/%m for the dirs. Do NOT use slashes in your date format, as they are for subdirectories! Check the variable by echo $dia and you will understand the problem better.
    – FelixJN
    Feb 21 '16 at 11:57

Here's how to make a directory with day and time

now=$(date +"%Y.%m.%d_%H.%M.%S")
mkdir ${now}

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