Section: User Commands (1)
[-3hjy ] [-A number ] [-B number ] [[month ] year ]
[-3hj ] [-A number ] [-B number ] -m month [year ]
ncal [-3bhjJpwySM ] [-A number ] [-B number ] [-s country_code ] [[month ] year ]
ncal [-3bhJeoSM ] [-A number ] [-B number ] [year ]
The utility displays a simple calendar in traditional format and ncal offers an alternative layout, more options and the date of Easter. The new format is a little cramped but it makes a year fit on a 25x80 terminal. If arguments are not specified, the current month is displayed.
The options are as follows:
A single parameter specifies the year (1-9999) to be displayed; note the year must be fully specified: ``cal 89 will not display a calendar for 1989. Two parameters denote the month and year; the month is either a number between 1 and 12, or a full or abbreviated name as specified by the current locale. Month and year default to those of the current system clock and time zone (so ``cal -m 8 will display a calendar for the month of August in the current year).
Not all options can be used together. For example, the options -y , 3 , and -1 are mutually exclusive. If inconsistent options are given, the later ones take precedence over the earlier ones.
A command appeared in AT&T System v5 . The ncal command appeared in Fx 2.2.6 . The output of the cal command is supposed to be bit for bit compatible to the original Unix cal command, because its output is processed by other programs like CGI scripts, that should not be broken. Therefore it will always output 8 lines, even if only 7 contain data. This extra blank line also appears with the original cal command, at least on Solaris 8
The ncal command and manual were written by An Wolfgang Helbig Aq helbig@FreeBSD.org .
The assignment of Julian-Gregorian switching dates to country codes is historically naive for many countries.
Not all options are compatible and using them in different orders will give varying results.
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