How can I create directories named as days of the week (i.e Monday, Tuesday, .... Saturday) inside a directory like /tmp/ in one command only?

Like combination of mkdir with date +%A or any other.

mkdir -p /tmp/"$(date +%A)"  --->  /tmp/Tuesday

Should be as below after command executes.


I want this in a single command, not a script.

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    mkdir Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun ? – ilkkachu Mar 28 '17 at 11:16

You can use the following 'command' to get the desired result:

for i in {1..7}; do mkdir /tmp/$(date +"%A" --date "$i days ago"); done
  • (assuming GNU date (and that POSIXLY_CORRECT is not in the environment) and zsh or recent versions of ksh93/bash/yash -o brace-expand and that $IFS was not modified and that you're not in a locale (like kw_GB.UTF-8) where day names contain blanks or wildcard characters). – Stéphane Chazelas Mar 28 '17 at 12:30
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    If run today Tuesday 2017-03-28 at 00:30 in the morning in most of Europe, if would be missing Sunday as 1 days ago would be Monday 2017-03-27 00:30 and 2 days ago would be Saturday 2017-03-25 23:30 because of the clock change on Sunday morning. Monday would be listed twice as 7 days ago would be Monday 2017-03-20 23:30. – Stéphane Chazelas Mar 28 '17 at 12:55

You can use brace expansion:

mkdir -p /tmp/{Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday}

The above is equivalent to this (which is also a single command):

mkdir -p /tmp/Sunday /tmp/Monday /tmp/Tuesday /tmp/Wednesday /tmp/Thursday /tmp/Friday /tmp/Saturday
  • Using Brace expansion is simple & useful trick. Glad to know this :) – Rahul_Dange Apr 4 '17 at 11:35

With zsh:

zmodload zsh/langinfo # if not already loaded
mkdir /tmp/${(v)^langinfo[(I)DAY_*]}

That uses day names in your locale. As a single command:

zsh -c 'zmodload zsh/langinfo && mkdir /tmp/${(v)^langinfo[(I)DAY_*]}'

$langinfo is a special associative array that exposes some locale settings including day names. $langinfo[(I)DAY_*] would output the keys of that array that match DAY_* (that is DAY_1, DAY_2...). With the (v) parameter expansion flag, we expand the values for those keys instead. ^ distributes those elements so that it becomes /tmp/value1, /tmp/value2...

With any POSIX-like shell, you can also do:

(cd /tmp && IFS=';' && set -o noglob && mkdir $(locale day))

locale day returns a ;-separated list of day names in the current locale. We use the split+glob operator on it (leave the $(...) command substitution unquoted) after having disabled the glob part (set -o noglob) and tuned the split part to split on ; (IFS=';').

  • Thanks for nice detailed explanation. Helps at lot for gaining something new. – Rahul_Dange Apr 4 '17 at 12:17

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