Why the Opposition to Year-Month-Day

When naming files, I would make a file with today’s time stamp 20080304. My brain was confused for a second when it saw 13012008. There are not thirteen months! Oh….

I have to use ls -latr to get the list in chronological order instead of just ls.

Month-day-year I can understand (old habits die hard). Any know a reason for day-month-year?

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  1. day-month-year (the typical European designation) makes more sense than month-day-year (the typical US designation) but for computers and sortability year-month-day takes the cake.

    A recent script conversion was to insert leading zeroes into a year-month-day-hour-minute-second file timestamper. If you have 200712112 it’s not immediately apparent that it’s Jan 2, 2007, 01:01:02.

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