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Re: bin/50574 (lib/libutil/t_parsedate:relative test fails at times)

The following reply was made to PR bin/50574; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: David Holland <>
Subject: Re: bin/50574 (lib/libutil/t_parsedate:relative test fails at times)
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 19:59:08 +0000

 On Fri, Jan 01, 2016 at 12:55:00PM +0000, Andreas Gustafsson wrote:
  >  There's a new failure in
  >  with the error message
  >    *** Check failed: /tmp/bracket/build/2015. p != q: From "+6 months 2 days", obtained 1467502383 (Sat Jul  2 23:33:03 2016); expected 1467588783 (Sun Jul  3 23:33:03 2016)
 That's an annoying one; it's not even clear what the right answer is.
 If it's Dec. 31 and you add six months, that gets June 31, and since
 there's no such day it's actually July 1. Then two more days is July
 3. But, if you start on Dec. 31 and add two days, that's January 2,
 and six months more is July 2. (And the inverse problem occurs on
 April 30.)
 Suggestions? The code in parsedate.y applies month and day offsets
 separately. Maybe it should apply all the offsets and then renormalize
 only once? That would at least provide consistent behavior.
 David A. Holland

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