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We use a date format that appends the day at the end of the date like so: 20180109tu@1730. Is there any way to get the two letter day format?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about a C function, not Vi/Vim. – Herb Wolfe Jan 9 '18 at 22:31
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    I don't think I agree with the placing-on-hold of this question. Whilst Vim's strftime() function may only be a thin wrapper around the C function, it still is a Vim function. Furthermore, it's certainly possible to answer the question using Vim alone: the OP has done so! – Rich Jan 10 '18 at 10:26
  • Seems pedantic but whatever works. – Mike Vittiglio Jan 11 '18 at 15:26
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I've decided to make work-around where I just manually go back a few characters and reformat accordingly.

nnoremap <leader>d "=strftime("%Y%m%d%a")<CR>Pxh~
nnoremap <leader>D "=strftime("%Y%m%d%a@%H%M%S")<CR>PF@hxhh~E

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