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created May 1, 2003 · complexity basic · author Dorai Sitaram · version 5.7

The following lines in vimrc will display the time of day and calender date on the editor status line:

set ruler
set rulerformat=%55(%{strftime('%a\ %b\ %e\ %I:%M\ %p')}\ %5l,%-6(%c%V%)\ %P%)

It doesn't update time if you issue no keystrokes, but as soon as you do anything at all in the editor, you will get the current time.

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My vimrc has the following (but it can cause a slowdown).

set laststatus=2 "black status line at bottom of window
if has("win32")
  set statusline=%<%f%h%m%r%=%{strftime(\"%I:%M:%S\ \%p,\ %a\ %b\ %d,\ %Y\")}\ %{&ff}\ %l,%c%V\ %P
  set statusline=%<%f%h%m%r%=%{strftime(\"%l:%M:%S\ \%p,\ %a\ %b\ %d,\ %Y\")}\ %{&ff}\ %l,%c%V\ %P

I didn't add this to the status line, but I did add it to the pheader (printheader), which uses the same syntax.

That way when I print the file, I can also print the current clock time.

set pheader=%<%f%h%m%40{strftime(\"%I:%M:%S\ \%p,\ %a\ %b\ %d,\ %Y\")}%=Page\ %N

(filename, time, page N)

I have another proposal: Print the last modification time (not the printing time).

set pheader=%<%f%h%m\ %40{strftime(\"%c\",getftime(expand(\"%%\")))}%=Page\ %N

From Vim 8 onwards, new timers make it easy to autoupdate the statusbar, for example, every 4 seconds:

let timer = timer_start(4000, 'UpdateStatusBar',{'repeat':-1})
function! UpdateStatusBar(timer)
  execute 'let &ro = &ro'
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