I often need timestamp on the commandline or in scripts to save files with the exact time. In the shell you can easy get a unix timestamp when you enter the following command: date +%s You can now simple save a mysqldump from with the exact time in the filename. mysqldump DATABSE > DATABASE-`date +%s`.sql Also you are able to create a bash/zsh alias for the timestamp. Just put the follwing line in your shell configuration: [Read More]