In vim you can execute comands with "!". You can combine that with "r" to insert the output into your current buffer.
Fri Jul 20 09:39:26 SAST 2012
will insert the date into a file.
Now when I try to do some more interesting stuff like date with different format +%F. On the command line
$ date +%F
Which out puts the name of the file and puts F after it. some how the r!date "+%F" is being expanded in vim and not run on the command line. What do I need to do to run that so it puts the contents in vim.
Maybe vim has a better way to insert dates into files.