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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: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 00:08:59 +0000

 On Sat, Jan 02, 2016 at 07:05:01PM +0000, Martin Husemann wrote:
  >  On Sat, Jan 02, 2016 at 10:48:56AM -0500, Christos Zoulas wrote:
  >  > These are used all the time. Haven't you ran cvs -D '-1 week', or
  >  > cvs -D yesterday?
  >  No, never did that. I do not like programs trying to guess what I mean.
  >  -D "20151226 20:00 UTC" is not a lot more to type and always clearer.
  >  But as it is documented at least for cvs -D and date -d, there is no point
  >  in removing the (mis-)feature.
 My experience over the years has been that the date formats recognized
 (and understood) by CVS do not as a general rule match the
 documentation, so with the restriction that things like "yesterday"
 are effectively required for various CVS purposes I see no harm in
 restructuring/changing things if someone can come up with a more
 coherent spec.
 What uses it besides CVS and date?
 David A. Holland

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