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At first i tried to change date to good one via gnome via 'Time and Date Settings' but when i clicked on calendar i couldn't change date. So i tried via console... date +%T -s "02:36:00" worked fine and time is set to it now... but date +%m%d -s "1019" returned old date instead of the one i'm trying to set... what's wrong?

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It's happier with a format that's closer to the ISO standard year-month-day: eg. date -s "2009-10-19 13:30:00"

That would set it to 19th October 2009 at 1:30pm.

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The format string only controls the output. You need to at least specify a time in your date.

date "10192125"

and optionally a year

date "101921252009"

To set only a time:

date -s "2125"
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